Emergency Planning Resources

The purpose of this page is to provide resources to tribal, local, and state emergency planners and other parties responsible for developing emergency plans including Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans. For assistance using the resources on this page or for other needs click here to fill out our planning assistance request form. You can find the Planning Assistance & Technical Assistance Flyer, here.

EMD Planning Team

First and foremost, our people represent our best resource. Meet our current planning team. We have two vacant positions.


Please use the emdcempreview@mil.wa.gov mail address to submit your CEMP for review or to request technical assistance.

Michael Roberson
Planning Supervisor
SCIPT Co-Chair
(253) 625-3943

Shane Moore

Catastrophic Planner
(253) 512-7120

Kim Mask

Local Planner

(253) 512-7059

Alexa Bach
All-Hazards Planner

(253) 512-7081

Emergency Planning
Program Coordinator
Contact Michael Roberson

Kerstyn Dolack
Hazard Specific Planner
(253) 512-7050

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Direct Planning Support

The EMD Planning Team offers Technical and Planning Assistance to all jurisdictions and Tribes. We can assist you in modifying specific sections, the entire Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan or in creating a new plan. We will work directly with you to alleviate as much of the burden as we can.

You can find the Planning Assistance and Technical Assistance Flyer, Here.

Planning Assistance

The purpose of a Planning Assistance Visit is to ensure the CEMP is well written, easy to understand and provides necessary information for the administration of an emergency management program and coordination of emergency operations that is tailored to the local jurisdiction. The intended outcome of a Planning Assistance Visit is to have a compilation of CEMP Functional Annexes that are useful, accurate and honest with the help of each responsible stakeholder. Ultimately, the Planning Assistance Visit will initiate the final stage of the planning process needed to develop the functional annexes to complete the local CEMP consistent with the National Incident Management System, Washington State CEMP, National Planning Frameworks, Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 and address the needs of the Whole Community.

Technical Assistance

The purpose of a Technical Assistance Visit is to set the Local Emergency Management Office up for success and reduce the amount of time required to maintain a usable plan. The culture surrounding planning and CEMP development has changed drastically in just the past year. The intended outcome of a Technical Assistance Visit is to have a CEMP Basic Plan that will require very little maintenance but will meet or exceed all the legal requirements. Once the Basic Plan is built, the focus of this visit will turn to analyzing the capabilities of the local jurisdiction to determine and build the foundations for the functional annexes and customizable formatting options available.

For Planning or Technical Assistance Please fill out the Request Form.

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Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

The EMD Planning Team has developed tools for tribal, local, and state planners to aid in the development of CEMP Basic Plans and support annexes.

Tiered CEMP Review Checklist

The Tiered CEMP Review Checklist was created out of an identification of a greater need to step away from the previous “one size fits all” approach to CEMP planning and review. This new tiered approach to CEMPs is meant to accommodate all the various methods, formats (functional vs. ESF), structures, etc. of the CEMP, which either currently exist or are desired at the local level and focus more on the specific content. There are three tiers in this planning approach and they are as follows: Tier III (Lawful Requirements), Tier II (State Requirements) and Tier I (Optional Pursuits). EMD staff on the Planning Team use this checklist to conduct formal and informal CEMP reviews.

Tiered CEMP Evaluation Checklist (Excel)

CEMP Basic Plan Guidebook

This template is meant to incorporate much of the research needed to address local CEMP requirements and can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each jurisdiction. This template is not currently operational in nature, but it does set a framework of which to build from. The intent is to categorize the CEMP Basic Plan as strategic in nature, so the annexes can remain solely operational. This approach has been proven to clarify roles and responsibilities while using the National Core Capabilities as the guiding framework for emergency management as well as streamline operationally focused annexes.

Planning Engagement Guide (PDF)

CEMP ESF Templates

These ESF Templates will help local jurisdictions link Core Capability Critical Tasks to Incident Objectives, activated ESFs, anticipated actions, corrective actions and plan segment revisions.

Use the Guidebook here (Word).

Guidance Populated Emergency Support Function (ESF) Word Templates:

CEMP Agency/Department Templates

Departmental Structure Templates: This template is for use by local and tribal jurisdictions who would prefer an agency / departmental structure as an alternative to a functional or ESF annex.

CEMP Functional Structure Templates

Functional Structure Templates: This template is for use by local and tribal jurisdictions who would prefer a functional structure as an alternative to an agency / departmental or ESF annex.

CEMP LEP Templates

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Response Appendix was created for jurisdictions to outline their responsibilities in regard to LEP persons and establish a process for providing assistance for agency programs, activities and services pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 13166; and Title 38.52 RCW.

CEMP Incident Specific Annex Templates

This Incident Specific Annex template allows jurisdictions the ability to provide an overview of a situation requiring specialized, incident-specific implementation of response efforts. An Incident Specific Annex can apply to any mission area planning effort.

Core Capability Development Sheets

The purpose of the Washington State Core Capability Development Sheets is to help communities bridge the identified gaps in their THIRA/SPR with planning, training, and exercise.

Core Capability Development Sheets (PDF)
Core Capability Development User Guide (PDF)

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