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Preparedness Criteria

the following tables show the FEMA criteria for evaluating readiness against the capabilities to be tested. Note that the preparedness criteria address multiple capabilities, and many of the criteria are not applicable to ARES/RACES.
Preparedness Measures Metric
Continuity of Operation (COOP) plans describe how personnel, equipment, and other resources support sustained response/survivability and recovery for all sectors Yes/No
Continuity of Government (COG) plans describe the continued functioning of constitutional government under all circumstances Yes/No
Emergency response plans are consistent with the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) Yes/No
Mutual aid assistance agreements are in place with contiguous jurisdictions Yes/No
Preparedness plans are consistent with NRP and NIMS Yes/No
Aid assistance agreements or contracts with private organizations are in place Yes/No
Pre-identified mechanisms to request assistance from counties, the State, or the Federal Government are in place Yes/No
Emergency response plans address substantial loss of public safety response capabilities during catastrophic events (to include special needs populations and people with disabilities) Yes/No
Frequency with which plans are reviewed and updated to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and policies (Review requirements are intended to apply only when no pre-existing review cycle has been established in Federal, State, or local requirements) 12 months
Table D.1. Preparedness Criteria for Com.A2

Preparedness Measures Metric
Operable communications systems that are supported by redundancy and diversity, that provide service across jurisdictions, and that meet everyday internal agency requirements, are in place Yes/No
Communication systems support on-demand, real-time interoperable voice and data communication Yes/No
Plans and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate levels of planning and building public safety communication systems prior to an incident Yes/No
Plans and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate levels of upgrading/enhancing public safety communication systems and equipment prior to an incident Yes/No
Plans and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate levels of replacing public safety communication systems and equipment prior to an incident Yes/No
Plans and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate levels of maintaining public safety communication systems and equipment prior to an incident Yes/No
Plans and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate levels of managing public safety communication projects prior to an incident Yes/No
Assessment of standard communication capabilities for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP)/Public Safety Communication Centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) to ensure appropriate Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for public safety and service agencies' communications has been completed Yes/No
Communications Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that outlines back-up systems available at State and local levels, including protocols for use of systems, is in place Yes/No
Communications standard operating procedures (SOPs) that conform to NIMS are in place and are used in routine multiple jurisdictional responses Yes/No
Interoperability policies and procedures to allow information sharing between levels of government and Federal installations involved in incident, as necessary and as possible, are in place Yes/No
Redundant and diverse interoperable communication systems are available Yes/No
Plans to coordinate the procurement of communications assets to ensure interoperability are in place Yes/No
Plans to acquire and influence sustained interoperability and systems maintenance funding have been developed Yes/No
Plans include a procedure to return communications back to normal operations after each significant incident Yes/No
A multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional governance structure to improve communications interoperability planning and coordination has been established Yes/No
Formal interoperable communications agreements have been established through the governance structure Yes/No
Interoperability communications plans have been developed through governance structure and include all relevant agencies for data and voice communications. Yes/No
Table D.2. Preparedness Criteria for Com.C2