Regional Catastrophic Planning

The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP)
The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) addresses preparedness issues across the District of Columbia, the states of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and the commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia. In order to manage a catastrophic incident that could occur in the region, the region must invest in critical preparedness efforts that support catastrophic planning. The program consists of multiple regional planning efforts that are designed to integrate and coordinate  with the outcome of a more harmonized region-based planning framework. The common components for the framework include; plans, policies, templates, checklists, technologies, SOP's and regional tools. The end state will be a regional catastrophic planning framework that is interoperable, flexible and all-hazards. The projects serve a four fold purpose:

o     Increase regional coordination between states regarding catastrophic event preparedness

o     Identify additional regional gaps in catastrophic event preparedness

o     Engender significant resource savings across the region

o     Coordination of private sector

To view the RCPGP project list please click on the link below:  

Document: RCPGP Projects Overview Document  

Reporting for Duty
This webinar discusses the results of a recent analysis conducted by the University of Delaware’s renowned Disaster Research Center on whether or not emergency responders will be willing to report for duty in the case of a catastrophic disaster.  The briefing will focus on the prevalence of three of the key issues emergency workers might face during a particularly serious event including: role conflict, role strain and role abandonment.
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3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop – January 24 – 25
On January 24-25, 2011, the states and urban areas of the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) will hold the 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop in Gettysburg, PA as a follow-up to the January 2010 AHC meeting which was the result of a multi-state planning effort focused on potential catastrophic evacuations out of the Washington, DC, and New York City areas.  The purpose of this workshop is to build upon those planning efforts within the states of NC, VA, DC, MD, WV, PA, DE, NJ & NY and further develop the discussion on about the various issues, efforts, challenges and opportunities to achieve the long-term vision of a coordinated plan and support of integrated planning.

April 20th, 2011 - Results of 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Released

Feb 16th, 2011 - AHC Hosts Third Annual Regional State Border Workshop

January 24th - 25th 2011- 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Page
January 24th - 25th 2011- 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Presentation Material

Nov 19th, 2010 - AHC Announces Report From 2nd Annual State Border Coordination Workshop

Will the Stay or Will they Go Webinar – Private Sector Webinar – June 17th
As part of the nation's catastrophic planning efforts, the FEMA Region III states of DC, DE, MD, PA, VA and WV launched an effort to plan for a catastrophic event in the NCR and causing ripple effects out into the six-state region. As the foundation for that planning effort, a behavioral study of the residents of the NCR was conducted by the University of Virginia's Center for Survey Research and the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. The University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center teamed with UVA to provide disaster expertise. On this webinar, UVA will present highlights for their study tailored to the private sector audience.

First Line Technology / AmbuBus -  Mass Care & Special Needs Solution
The AHC had an in depth discussion with David Long with the Hampton Roads MMRS and Amit Kapoor with First Line Technology, manufacturer and sole-provider of the AmbuBus, Bus-Stretcher Conversion Kit. Discussion includes regional and local methodology for funding, training, and implementing the AmbuBus as a resource for mass casualty evacuations and special needs transport in response to natural and man-made disasters.
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Catastrophic Event Preparedness White Paper
Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab, released June 2008