Planning for the Worst: Evaluation Criteria for Emergency Preparedness Plans

Critics have blamed the failures surrounding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on poor plans. However, the examination of some plans revealed a lack of exemplary standards on which to judge the quality of plans. While some standards do exist, the ability of a plan to succeed in a time of crisis does not appear to be linked to scoring well on evaluation criteria. Often, the criteria are general, vague, weak, not enforced, and do not include implementation. Thus, plans that succeed based on current standards often fail on more stringent and measurable criteria. New national standards should be adopted for cities and regions of greater than 50,000 people, and federal insurance money should be contingent upon compliance with those criteria.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1327
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 5:55PM