Planning Branch

Planning Branch

State Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (SERRP)

The Arizona State Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (SERRP) is an all-hazards plan addressing Arizona's hazard and threat environment.  The SERRP integrates, complements, and consistent with Federal guidance, including the National Response Framework (NRF) and utilizes the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Core Capabilities, and the Incident Command System (ICS) as a basis for its structure.  The SERRP is designed to define the State response and recovery concept of operations and identify State Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), and Private Sector roles and responsibilities during an emergency or disaster.


Hazard Mitigation Planning

The 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies risks and vulnerabilities associated with disasters as well as long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate impacts from future hazard events.

A hazard mitigation plan can help communities become more sustainable and disaster-resistant by focusing efforts on the hazards, disaster-prone areas, and identifying appropriate mitigation actions. Effective mitigation planning and efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

The Hazard Mitigation Planning Program assists county, local, and tribal governments in their efforts to ensure they have a plan to protect their citizens, existing and future development as well as economic, cultural, and environmental assets. A community's plan may also assist in minimizing post-disaster downtime, accelerate recovery of government and businesses, and reduce disaster response and recovery costs.


Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

The mission of the Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Program is to improve the State of Arizona Agencies' preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities from all-hazard emergencies. We achieve this through COOP Planning - an inwardly focused form of contingency planning that supports the agency's strategic plan and its continued delivery of essential services/functions. A proactive COOP program is considered a best business practice in supporting the State’s priorities of protecting our communities and fiscal responsibility by continuing to perform essential services/functions during any disruptive event.

Under Executive Order 2013-06, DEMA is responsible for developing a Continuity Program to help guide and assist state agencies in their Continuity planning efforts.  We accomplish this through the use the COOP Program document.  The Executive Order also states that each state agency is required to have a COOP plan.

We also provide Continuity of Government (COG) planning assistance to organizations with elected officials.


National Incident Management System (NIMS)

FEMA has developed a NIMS training program manual so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together to respond to all-hazard emergencies.

NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management, standardized command and management structures, and simplification of response concepts.

The Planning Branch staff provides NIMS outreach and education to agencies and jurisdictions statewide.