Regional Recovery Program
The Regional Recovery Program included the production of a Recovery Guide and associated Recovery Annex Template and provided contracted support for each of the five Operational Areas to develop and/or enhance their County's Recovery Annex to their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Also, ensuring consistency and integration of the five county annexes, an overarching Regional Recovery Plan has been developed linking all OA annexes into a mutual aid framework based on SEMS and the California Mutual Aid Coordination System. The Recovery Guide is an all-inclusive Guide, outlining specific areas of responsibility for all local government, local emergency managers, fire personnel, law enforcement, and health professionals. It includes collaborative public/private partnerships within each Operational Area and gives each city, agency, and Operational Area, the ability to develop, update, or strengthen their current recovery plans as they pertain to a catastrophic event.
The Recovery Planning Team looked at existing Recovery plans currently in place within the five Operational Areas and beyond. The Team processed other plans throughout the state, country and international community to identify best practices and lessons learned, which were incorporated into the recovery guide. The Team followed current Federal Guidelines as they pertain to any national planning systems as well as local government requirements and included numerous faith-based and community organizations including churches, Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), American Red Cross (ARC) and the Salvation Army, in the development of this Guide and to assist with the design and development of public education programs focused on preparation for catastrophic events.
Within the 2006 Nationwide Plan Review for the LA Urban Area, it
was identified that the LA Urban Area is “Partially Sufficient” for mass
evacuation and sheltering capabilities for catastrophic disasters, such as
earthquakes, tsunamis, dam failures and multiple wild fire incidents that
this region is susceptible to. Subsequent work began on a
Mass Evacuation project, followed by Mass Care and Sheltering, and Mass
the Mass Evacuation, Mass Care and Sheltering, and Mass Reception Guides
have been being developed, the next step naturally was to develop this comprehensive Regional
Recovery Guide for the millions of local residents who are likely to be
affected after a catastrophic event. The project developed plans and an
institutional framework to implement this most vital element of emergency
management - Recovery.
The Guide demonstrates consistency with FEMA and Cal EMA goals, objectives, and strategies such as those identified in California State Homeland Security Strategic Goals and Objectives and be based on the new FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) released in September 2011.
Selected target capabilities (Recovery) are addressed by developing and maintaining plans, procedures, programs and systems that offer a regional approach to the recovery of the Operational Area(s).
The Team directly assisted each Operational Area and agencies within for the development, updating, and strengthening of their current Mass Evacuation, Mass Care and Shelter, Mass Reception, and Recovery plans. The Team accomplished this by conducting several workshops throughout the region, supplying expertise and guidance throughout the plan development process.