High-Quality Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)

1.3 Six Planning Principles for High-Quality Plans

The Six Planning Principles provide the foundation for the emergency planning process. Applying these principles throughout the planning process is essential to developing a comprehensive, high-quality EOP.

The Six Planning Principles are:

The Six Planning Principles support a sustainable, multi-hazard EOP that:

  • Is consistent
  • Looks to district, school, and local partnerships and resources to fill needs first
  • Embraces community partnerships to fill in gaps
  • Balances guidelines and guarantees
  • Complements emergency management at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Is reviewed, updated, and revised

When the planning process is complete, the written plan must be adequate, feasible, and accepted by all stakeholders. What is written in the EOP should provide all of the needed guidance to address identified threats or hazards and explain how the activities outlined will be achievable with the resources identified. All parties tasked with roles or responsibilities should be aware of those assignments, agree to them as written, and have the capacity to carry them out.

You can learn more about the Six Planning Principles on the Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools website and by watching the video below:

REMS School Guide – Planning Principles

Video | 4:53

This video referenced the following guide developed by the Readiness in Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center in 2013. This document further discusses the planning process and provides a number of tools to assist in conducting planning effectively and efficiently.

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans