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Post by Major_Disaster on Feb 2, 2016 11:34:38 GMT -8
Thanks for posting this link, Mark.
I recently read through all of the plans posted at PBEM's site. It was interesting to see the range of plan styles, in specificity, and what was and what was not included.
I think we need a good, solid template for Portland NET's to use.
My opinion is that the operations plan for neighborhood teams should reference the PBEM Guidelines and only duplicate those procedures in the Guidelines that deal directly with "what am I supposed to do when activated or a major disaster happens".
The neighborhood plan should include only that information which is specific to that team/neighborhood and guides a volunteer through the procedure they need to follow in order to do their emergency response job.
Since most volunteers (CERTS, NETs, Red Cross, you name it) do not read the guidelines or manuals (if available) that were written for them, it is unreasonable to expect volunteers to, at the moment of a disaster response, to stop and read a multi-page document; much of which would have no immediate relevance to doing their volunteer, first responder job.
An example of what I mean is this document. It's an abridged version of PBEM procedures and my team's procedures which, in my opinion, are what a volunteer needs when in the field. The rest of the PBEM Guidelines, while very valuable, is background information that isn't relevant to a volunteer in the field during a response.
Thank you for being a CERT, NERT, or NET, giving your time, effort, knowledge, and money to prepare to help others before, during, and after a disaster.