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This section provides tools and resources to assist local units of government in preparing for and responding to disasters. Topics are listed alphabetically. Additional resources will be added to this page periodically, so you are encouraged to check back.

Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) Issue and Solutions
Catastrophic Earthquake Annex
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
Food and Water Distribution Plan
Functional Needs Summit
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Advisory Committee Newsletter Archive
Resource Management
Standard Guide for Fatality Management in Illinois
Strategic Operations of Emergency Management (IMS 500) Course Materials
Volunteer and Donations Management - NEW


Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) Issues and Solutions

IEMA's Issues and Solutions process provides an opportunity for stakeholders to view the comments, concerns, and suggestions of participants in workshops, conferences, working groups, or projects in an open format. Participant names and organizations are withheld to ensure the process is inclusive while maintaining a forum for open dialogue. The Issues and Solutions process has been developed as part of an inclusive advisory committee process that incorporates the knowledge and experience of government, private sector, volunteer, and non-governmental representatives. Stakeholder and participant input are critical to our collective ability to enhance existing programs and meet new challenges. To ensure consistency and provide a working continuum of project enhancement or discussion, IEMA will maintain all documentation. Comments or concerns about IEMA's Issues and Solutions should be directed to Mr. Darryl Dragoo at 217.306.6334 or Darryl.dragoo@illinois.gov.


Catastrophic Earthquake Annex

The Earthquake Annex outlines operational command, coordination, communication, and control for counties and responsible agencies/organizations following a catastrophic earthquake. It is used in conjunction with a jurisdiction's Emergency Operations Plan.


Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

Having a COOP ensures continuity of essential department or agency functions/services in spite of an emergency or disaster. The COOP is implemented when a building or facility is rendered inoperable for a period greater than 30 days, during which time services to public and private stakeholders must be continued.


Food and Water Distribution Plan

This document provides operational guidance and serves as a concept of operations for jurisdictions undertaking missions for the distribution of food and water to the public following a disaster where public facilities for potable water and/or food preparation and supply are inoperable or incapable of meeting the public's essential needs.


Functional Needs Summit - NEW

Standard Guide for Population Related Disaster Services

The draft State of Illinois Standard Guide for Population Related Disaster Services document is being added to the IEMA website for review and comment. IEMA is seeking input from governmental, non-governmental, volunteer, private sector and faith-based organizations to ensure the draft guide has been reviewed by organizations and individuals having a role in mass care during times of disaster. The intent of the document is to provide planners at all levels with guidance, templates and job aids that are scalable and modular.

Proposals for changes to the guide or comments on existing content should be submitted to the IEMA Bureau of Preparedness and Grants Administration via email (abby.damm@illinois.gov). The comment period for the guide ends on November 4th, 2013. Comments should include the section reference and any supporting documentation or justification for change. All comments received will be considered. Comments will be recorded and addressed on this website.

The State of Illinois Standard Guide for Population Related Disaster Services is provided in draft form only. Use, distribution, or application of the guide in draft form is not recommended.

Independent Task List NADCIS for Mass Care Operations

The draft State of Illinois Independent Task List - NADCIS document for Mass Care Operations has been added to the IEMA website for review and comment. IEMA is seeking stakeholder input from governmental, non-governmental, volunteer, private sector and faith-based organizations to ensure the draft guide has been reviewed by organizations and individuals having a role in mass care during times of disaster. The intent of the document is to provide planners and responders at all levels with guidance directed at decision-making and trigger points for effective response and recovery that includes mass care considerations.

Proposals for changes to the Independent Task List or comments on existing content should be submitted to the IEMA Bureau of Preparedness and Grants Administration via e-mail (abby.damm@illinois.gov). The comment period for the guide ends on November 4th, 2013. Comments should include the section reference and any supporting documentation or justification for change. All comments received will be considered. Comments will be recorded and addressed on this website.

Additional Documents


Illinois Emergency Management Agency Advisory Committee Newsletter Archive

In an ongoing effort to improve the overall preparedness level of Illinois' responders and residents, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency created this newsletter to focus on the essential elements of emergency management - prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


Resource Management

Resource management is the cornerstone of effective response and recovery. A comprehensive resource management system provides jurisdictions with a pre-identified structure for assigning resources and carrying out critical missions that support life safety and life essential services. These documents allow a jurisdiction to tailor a comprehensive resource management system based on capabilities, limitations, and purpose. It is recommended that the resource management tools be used in conjunction with IEMA's Joint Operational Planning course.


Standard Guide for Fatality Management in Illinois

Taking an all hazards approach, this document offers guidance on developing a fatality management annex that can be tailored to any fatality management incident. It is recommended that state and local government organizations use this guide as a standard when developing mortuary services and/or fatality management annexes to ensure statewide interoperability.


Strategic Operations of Emergency Management (IMS 500) Course Materials

Strategic Operations of Emergency Management provides executive and senior level local emergency management staff with practices designed to outline efficiencies and priorities prior to, during, and after disaster strikes. Strategic Operations of Emergency Management explores and expands on interlocking strategies for emergency operations centers and incident command structures; development and implementation of straight-line information pathways; lateral and vertical coupling of critical sectors and emergency response roles; analysis of critical and priority information requirements; determination of centers of gravity for objectives driven task assignment; execution of strategic priorities against defined resourcing elements; and the incorporation of deliberate decision and/or trigger points for strategic emergency management. Questions regarding IMS-500 should be directed to Mr. Darryl Dragoo at 217.306.6334 or Darryl.dragoo@illinois.gov.

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