Project #156772 - Emergency Planning and Methodology: An Introduction

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/05/2016 12:00 am

Reading Expectation: Though you may find some of your readings technical, you are not responsible for detailed knowledge, formulas, or other scientifically-oriented material. The expectation is that you have a general working knowledge of the material.

Required Reading 

Concept of operations: HHS disaster behavioral health (2014). Retrieved from:

EM-DAT: The International Disaster Database. Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters—CRED. Retrieved from:

Griffith, C., Trench-It and Vulpitta , R. (2003). Effective emergency response plans, National Safety Council Utilities Division Manager. Retrieved from:

Johnson, T. (2011). Threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism. Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved  from:

Kaplan, E. (2009). Terrorists and the internet, Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved from:

Review of the Department’s preparation to respond to a WMD incident (2010), U.S. Department of Justice, I-2010-004. Retrieved from:

United States Government interagency domestic terrorism concept of operations plan (2001). Retrieved  from: [current]

Ziskin,L. and Harris, D. (2007). State health policy for terrorism preparedness. American Journal of Public Health, 97(9), 1583-8. Retrieved from ProQuest

Required Websites

Domestic Terrorism: Wanted by the FBI.

Emergency Planning at the Local Government Level.

Emergency preparedness in response to terrorism (2011). U.S.NRC.

Emergency support function annexes: Summaries of the ESF annexes, support annexes. DHS: .

FEMA Website. [Search the FEMA site for background information on different types of emergencies and disasters].

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies:

U.S. Department of Defense Joint Operations Planning and Execution System (2011). Joint Publication 5-0.

What are natural hazards? Organization of American States (n.d.).

Emergency Planning and Methodology: An Introduction

Case Assignment

For this Case Assignment, you will become familiar with the NRF, especially in regard to acts of terrorism. Many people assume that terrorists are persons living overseas who would do harm to those in other countries. Actually, there has been a proliferation of terrorists on U.S. soil—known as "homegrown terrorists," "lone wolf operatives," and those infiltrating known groups (e.g., animal rights groups, anti-abortionists).

In order to respond to the following questions, review the Background reading:

  1. United States Government interagency domestic terrorism concept of operations plan (2001).
  2. Review of the Department’s preparation to respond to a WMD incident (2010), U.S. Department of Justice, I-2010-004.
  3. National Response Framework:

Respond to the following:

  1. How is a response to destruction from a terrorist incident different from a response to a natural disaster? Be specific, give examples, and quote from the readings.
  2. You are a volunteer for the American Red Cross. You are to enter a scene of destruction in order to assist wounded victims. What are some precautions that you must take? What are some restrictions placed on you? From whom do you receive clearance?
  3. First responders should isolate hazards by establishing control zones. There are three types of control zones. List them and give examples. Cite your sources.

Assignment Expectations

Length: Case Assignments should be at least three pages long.

References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format).

Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it must be enclosed in quotes.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper.

Format: APA format is recommended (but not required) for this assignment. See Syllabus page for more information on APA format.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.

The following items will be assessed in particular:

  • Relevance - All content is connected to the question.
  • Precision - Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.
  • Depth of discussion - Points that lead to deeper issues are presented and integrated.
  • Breadth - Multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered.
  • Evidence - Points are well-supported with facts, statistics, and references.
  • Logic - Presented discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.
  • Clarity - Writing is concise, understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.
  • Objectivity - Paper avoids use of first person and subjective bias.



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