Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Seeks Feedback on Draft Planning Considerations

FEMA is seeking feedback on its draft “Planning Considerations: Putting People First” guide. This document is intended to assist emergency managers and planning partners at all levels in identifying and understanding the interests and needs of populations throughout their communities, particularly those that are disproportionately impacted by disasters and may have been historically underserved populations. The guide outlines an understanding of a people-first approach through application of the six-step planning process established in “Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101” and discusses the importance of community engagement in maintaining strong community partnerships. Additionally, the guide includes data analysis and visualization resources and population spotlight sheets to help begin the process of how to engage and assess the needs of underserved populations.

A line-numbered version of the draft guide is provided to help identify specific areas or topics for potential revision or development. The feedback form can be used to capture any recommendations. Email feedback or questions to NPD-Planning@fema.dhs.gov. The feedback period will conclude at close of business on July 10.

As part of the engagement period, FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars. These sessions will cover an overview of the content in the document and facilitate discussion to gather feedback on the content of the document. To access the document and for details on listening sessions, visit the FEMA website.