Logistical Challenges in Contingency Planning

Contingency planning includes a variety of planning approaches, types, processes, and focus areas. The focus areas include continuity of operations (COOP), continuity of government (COG), business continuity, and crisis management. Contingency plans are proactive backup plans—plans for what to do if and when a disaster occurs. Planning is an essential step in the process of preparedness, which weaves through many of the homeland security mission areas. Contingency planning is a complex activity that can present many potential challenges. Addressing these challenges will require long-term commitment that may involve occasional setbacks. Knowledge about the potential challenges related to contingency planning and the best practices for success will go a long way in ensuring effective contingency planning.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the article, “Mission Impossible? Planning and Preparing for Crisis.” Reflect on challenges related to contingency planning.

Review the online article, “Critical Incident Protocol—A Public and Private Partnership.” Focus on the recommendations for overcoming challenges or roadblocks related to contingency planning.

Identify at least two logistical challenges in contingency planning for the hazard or terrorist event you selected for this week’s Application Assignment as they relate to ensuring continuity of operations and government as well as the provision of mass care.

Think about how you would address each of the challenges you identified.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 5 a brief description of the hazard or terrorist event you chose for this week’s Application Assignment. Describe the elements you would include in the contingency plan for this hazard or terrorist event and explain why. Then describe at least two logistical challenges in contingency planning as they relate to ensuring continuity of operations and government, as well as the provision of mass care. Finally, explain how you might address each challenge. Be specific.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources

One and a half page with at least three references…. MULTIPLE USE OF INTEXT CITATION REQUIRED AND PAGE NUMBERS…… PLEASE USE SPLIT IN CITATIONS…PLEASE LOOK UP THE PROPER APA USE OF SPLIT CIATION

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the context of ethics and the readings for this class

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.

REMEMBER IN APA FORMAT JOURNAL TITLES AND VOLUME NUMBERS ARE ITALICIZED.

Readings

Article: McConnell, A., & Drennan, L. (2006). Mission impossible? Planning and preparing for crisis. Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management, 14(2), 59–70.
Use the Academic Search Premier database, and search using the article’s title.

Online Article: National Fire Protection Association. (2007). NFPA 1600 Standard on disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs. Retrieved from http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-i…

Note: You are only required to read pages 1–8 of this article.

Online Article: The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP). (2006). Regional disaster resilience: A guide for developing an action plan. Retrieved from http://tisp.org/index.cfm?cdid=10962&pid=10261

Online Article: Michigan State University. (2000). Critical incident protocol—A public and private partnership. Retrieved from http://www.cj.msu.edu/%7Eoutreach/CIP/CIP.pdf

Optional Resources

Online Article: Petersen, R. E. (2005). Continuity of operations (COOP) in the executive branch: Issues in the 109th Congress. Retrieved from http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/crsreports/c…

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