Emergency Planning and Preparedness Introductory Course
The EPPIC pilot was intended to serve as a proof of concept for a regional or national-level program to provide participants from the private sector with the tools and training necessary to assist in the protection of their employees and business operations from the adverse effects of a potential emergency or disaster situation.
The pilot was comprised of a course of instruction and practical application that used hierarchical development and reinforcement of terminology, concepts, and planning considerations to achieve a designated set of planning and preparedness objectives. In the first module, classroom training was provided on key terminology and concepts in emergency management, basic emergency management, and the Incident Command System. In the second module, each participant was provided with a laptop computer and a digital template for development of an Emergency Management Plan, to be customized for use in their organization and used as a supplement to a comprehensive emergency preparedness and management program. In the third module, a practical application activity was introduced, during which participants divided into small groups and addressed issues surrounding hazard impact, vulnerabilities, and risk mitigation. This activity was designed to reinforce training concepts and reveal considerations about their own planning and preparedness efforts that could be applied to better prepare and protect their operations.
36 personnel from 26 organizations participated in the EPPIC program.