Community Emergency Planning

During major disasters, communities must be able to function on their own in the hours and days before help arrives from regional, state and federal sources. The level of a community’s emergency preparedness and its ability to collectively understand the needs of residents within the community and determine the best approach to organize resources and capabilities for an effective response to the disaster, will be vital to its survival.

OQA can provide strategies, processes and tools for community-coordinated emergency planning that will increase individual preparedness and engage members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the community’s resiliency and security.

Continuity of Operations Plans


OQA can assist communities in developing continuity plans that will ensure the primary essential functions that support the community continue to be performed during emergencies.

Emergency Coordination Center Operations

OQA can assist agencies in developing plans to clarify the roles and functions of an Emergency Coordination Center and its relationship as a component of the multi-agency coordination system.

Hazard Identification and Mitigation

OQA can assist communities in assessing and understanding the hazards and risks in their community, and identify corrective actions and mitigation measures.

Preparedness Plans

OQA can assist in the development of overarching preparedness plans that not only plan for the community’s response to an emergency, but outline best practices for prevention, protecting against, mitigating and recovering from large-scale disasters.

Incident Response Plans

OQA can assist communities plan for an organized response approach to address and manage an emergency incident in a way that limits damage and reduces recovery time and costs.

Recovery Plans

OQA can assist in the development of recovery strategies that will help the communities recover from a disaster in the shortest time possible, and monitoring tools for tracking the recovery process.