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EMD Documentation & Planning Resources

The following documents should be part of every Emergency Management Director/Coordinator "toolbox"

  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Resources
    • ​The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program provides federal disaster assistance to state and local government organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the permanent restoration or replacement of public facilities that are owned and operated by an eligible Applicant. This web page includes applicant guides, checklists, form templates, and other useful information to help applicants navigate the PA process.
  • Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) Templates, Forms, & Examples
    • The Local Emergency Management Plan allows individual communities to coordinate disaster response.  Towns now have the option of submitting any format plan so long as the plan has all required elements and a completed adoption form. Templates are also available in both "long" and "short" format. LEMPs must be submitted to Regional Planning Commissions annually after town meeting day, but before May 1st.  
  • FEMA Emergency Operations Center How-To Quick Reference Guide 
    • This all-hazards guide can provide state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions with information and guidance related to emergency operations center (EOC) set up, operation, maintenance and deactivation. While all jurisdictions have their own unique set of hazards, vulnerabilities, capabilities and requirements for an EOC, this how-to guide can help a jurisdiction meet its needs in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) framework and principles.
  • FEMA Mobile App
    • The FEMA App allows you to receive real-time weather alerts, send notifications to loved ones, locate emergency shelters in your area, and more. PLAN: Learn how to prepare for common hazards quickly and easily. Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, the FEMA App can help you learn basic preparedness strategies like how to create a family emergency communication plan, what to pack in your emergency kit, and what to do immediately after a disaster. PROTECT: Knowing when and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property during a disaster can make all the difference. With the FEMA App, you can receive real-time weather and emergency alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.  It can also help you find a nearby shelter if you need to evacuate to a safe space. RECOVER: The FEMA App gives you the tools you need to recover after a disaster. Find out if your location is eligible for FEMA assistance, find Disaster Recovery Center locations, and get answers to your most pressing questions.  Instantly connect with FEMA’s disaster resources so you find the help that you need when you need it most. 
  • CARE (Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies)
    • Those who need special assistance during a disaster or evacuation can alert local responders of that need before emergencies. The CARE (Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies) program allows the elderly, people with limited mobility, or those who require specialized medical equipment to get extra help during a disaster.

      Local officials can provide special assistance to those who face unique challenges during evacuations, power outages, or extended periods of isolation. For those who have registered, CARE allows local emergency responders access to their information so they can better help these individuals during an evacuation, power outage or similar event. Click here information on how EMDs and local first responders can access the CARE information within their community.

  • FEMA's How To Develop Agreements for Mass Care Services
    • Guidance for locals to better understand why formal agreements (i.e., Memorandums of Agreement [MOA] and Memorandums of Understanding [MOU]) are important tools for improving the delivery of mass care services and emergency assistance. Additionally, this document Overview of MOAs and MOUs MOAs/MOUs document and identify areas of potential collaboration between organizations and outline a strategy to do so. This document addresses the development of MOAs/MOUs that facilitate the effective delivery of mass care services and emergency assistance.  provides guidance to locals developing effective agreements and actionable prior to an incident.