CAN-ASC-5.1 Standard on Emergency Measures: Public Review Draft – 6. Program Planning

6.1 Planning

The organization shall establish a planning process to develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain its emergency and continuity management program.

The planning process shall result in the development and documentation of a single plan or multiple coordinated plans, including considerations for crisis management.

The organization shall engage in the planning process on a regular scheduled basis, or when the situation has changed in such a way that the existing plan(s) are put into question.

The organization shall include key stakeholders in the planning process where applicable.

6.2 Emergency plan requirements

The organization shall establish plans that include a stated purpose, scope, and objectives.

Plans shall identify and assign the organization’s internal:

  1. functional roles and responsibilities;
  2. lines of Authority; and,
  3. designated alternatives.

Plans shall identify external organizations with mutually agreed-to:

  1. functional roles and responsibilities; and,
  2. lines of authority.

Plans shall identify logistics support and resource requirements.

Plans shall identify the process for managing the communication and flow of information, both internally and externally.

The organization shall make appropriate sections of the plans available to those individuals or teams assigned specific tasks and responsibilities therein, and to other stakeholders as required.

The organization's plans shall identify the process for maintenance.

6.3 Emergency Program Advisory Committees

6.3.1 Advisory committee establishment

A program committee should be established by the organization.

6.3.2 Strategic input

The advisory committee should provide input or assist in the coordination of the preparation, development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of the program.

6.3.3 Advisory committee membership

The program committee should include the program coordinator and others who have expertise, knowledge of the organization, and the capability to identify resources from all key functional areas within the organization and from applicable external organizations. The advisory committee should invite external expertise as deemed necessary. People with lived expertise or their representatives should be invited to participate in this planning process.

6.4 Laws and authorities

The Emergency Management Program’s authorities and responsibilities are established and executed in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, directives, or policies.

The Emergency Management Program has a process for identifying and addressing proposed legislative and regulatory changes.

6.5 Training and education

The organization should administer and manage resources by:

  1. identifying and quantifying required resources,
  2. ordering, tracking and distributing resources, and
  3. establishing resource demobilization procedures.