9-Aug-2018 - FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft document released today, Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place. Feedback and recommendations received will help ensure the final version of the guide is an effective resource for emergency managers across the nation.
Evacuation and shelter-in-place protective actions are prompted by a variety of threats and hazards. Incident-specific circumstances drive the relevant protective actions based on a community’s demographics, infrastructure, resources, authorities, and decision-making process. Determining that evacuation needs to take place is not an all-or-nothing approach.
Lessons learned from disasters, such as hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, have highlighted the value of enacting a zone-phased approach to evacuation and shelter-in-place, enabling jurisdictions to move as few people as necessary. Shelter-in-place populations that are not directly in harm's way, rather than having them evacuate, help jurisdictions reduce costs, resource requirements, and the negative impacts of evacuations, while promoting improved response and quicker re-entry and recovery.
As you review the document, consider:
Identifying areas that may be confusing and need revision;
Providing success stories or best practices associated with the critical considerations identified in the document; and
Identifying additional job aides, training opportunities, or resources for inclusion in the document.
Download the 56-page draft guide in PDF and FEMA's feedback form at www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/168342.
FEMA is requesting all comments, input, or recommendations be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on August 31, 2018. Email feedback to NPD-Planning@fema.dhs.gov or join in below webinars.
Participate in FEMA webinars to provide feedback
FEMA is hosting a series of 45-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. The webinars will be open to the whole community.
If you require assistive accommodations to participate in these events, please provide details in the Disability Related Accommodations field on the registration page or contact us at: NPD-Planning@fema.dhs.gov.
Again, the National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00p EDT on August 31, 2018.
To review the draft document, comment matrix and webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/plan.