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The Plans Development Branch is the critical area of IDHS charged with establishing and maintaining essential strategic, operational, and tactical plans for state level agencies and local emergency management programs. It also focuses on developing guidance and policy for emergency planning based upon current trends in public safety, national level requirements, and needs associated with mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
This Branch is comprised of the following sections:
Emergency Planning Section: This section is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of the state Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and the subsequent sections and annexes of that plan. This section is also responsible for providing written guidance and technical assistance to local jurisdictions in the development of local CEMPs, the identification of resource gaps and shortfalls, and other key planning documents for counties and municipalities. In addition to these items, the Emergency Planning Section also manages the Early Alert and Notification Program for the State of Indiana, focusing on the development of policy, specifications, and guidance related to informing the public of impending emergency events.
Project Management Section: This section is primarily responsible for the integration, compliance and reporting of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements within the State of Indiana. (For more information on NIMS, go to: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2559.htm ) This section is also responsible for establishing policy and guidance for the development of Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) Plans for state and local agencies and departments. The Compliance and Special Projects Section also supports other divisions of IDHS and other state agencies through research, analysis, and the development of position papers, school programs and other essential activities.