Do you have a Plan?
This is an interesting topic for discussion. Some will say that when an event happens the fact there is a plan is important. Others will say that the plan goes out the window once someone attempts to use the plan.
Plans are important tools that yes, are both important and useless at some point. They provide people with a baseline of training after reading the Plan Manual so that everyone in the county, district or state have at minimum some working knowledge about how a call-out occurs. What constitutes a event worth a call-out. And lastly what to do when that call-out occurs.
It does no one in our Organization nor the Served Agency any good if we walk into a situation and do not have some idea of how we might do something, have tested the procedure, refined it and then made the findings known to all involved.
For a sample of some plans, see the downloads section for two from Macomb County that the staff there developed and are in the process of testing out. Or look at one from out west. This is another subject that bears some consideration in every County and District in Michigan. (ARPSC_Guide_1_0A.doc, skywarn_guide_1_0.pdf, emerg-responder-manual.pdf)
Already have one, Congratulations! Then again maybe it's already outdated. If you haven't looked at it in the past year maybe it's time to re-visit the plan. Things as we know are changing in leaps and bounds and in most cases it is nearly impossible to keep up entirely. Please consider writing or updating yours today! Or share yours with the rest of us. Again there is no right nor wrong way to develop one of these and in fact they should be a living document that periodically under goes scrutiny and updating. The only TRUE wrong way is to not have any sort of plan written out.