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Disaster Health. 2013 Jan 1;1(1):54-62. doi: 10.4161/dish.23480. eCollection 2013 Jan-Mar.

An innovative approach to capability-based emergency operations planning.

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Office for Environmental Health Emergencies; National Center for Environmental Health; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; Atlanta, GA USA.


This paper describes the innovative use information technology for assisting disaster planners with an easily-accessible method for writing and improving evidence-based emergency operations plans. This process is used to identify all key objectives of the emergency response according to capabilities of the institution, community or society. The approach then uses a standardized, objective-based format, along with a consensus-based method for drafting capability-based operational-level plans. This information is then integrated within a relational database to allow for ease of access and enhanced functionality to search, sort and filter and emergency operations plan according to user need and technological capacity. This integrated approach is offered as an effective option for integrating best practices of planning with the efficiency, scalability and flexibility of modern information and communication technology.


Homeland Security Presidential Directives; O2C3 planning; capability-based planning; disasters; emergency operations plan; information technology; objective-based planning; public health preparedness

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