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FEMA IS-552: The Public Works Role in Emergency Management Answers

    1. Which choice lists a task performed by Emergency Support Function (ESF) #3, Public Works and Engineering? A. Providing natural and cultural resources and historical properties protection
    2. Coordinating with telecommunications and information technology industries
    3. Providing emergency repair of damaged public infrastructure and critical facilities
    4. Providing national incident logistics planning, management, and sustainment capability
    5. True or False: The NIMS provides the template for incident management, and the NRF provides structure and mechanisms for unified incident response. A. True
    6. False
    7. Which one of the following statements best describes the purpose of the after-action review? A. To determine what went wrong and the individuals who were responsible
    8. To identify personnel who should be commended for their response actions
    9. To identify strengths of an emergency plan and areas for future improvements
    10. To evaluate emergency response personnel as part of their performance reviews
    11. Which of the following choices is a disaster assistance program authorized by the Stafford Act that provides low-interest loans, temporary housing assistance, crisis counseling, and other benefits to disaster survivors? A. Public Assistance
    12. Hazard Mitigation
    13. Individual Assistance
    14. Homeland Security Grant
    15. During which phase of emergency management do public works professionals clear roadways, assess initial damage, and manage emergency traffic? A. Prevention
    16. Recovery
    17. Preparedness
    18. Mitigation
    19. Response
    20. Which one of the following statements best describes the function of the Incident Annexes available from the National Response Framework (NRF) Resource Center? A. They describe the concept of operations to address specific situations.
    21. They provide the structure for coordinating federal interagency support.
    22. They are overarching in nature and applicable to nearly every type of incident.
    23. They describe how various organizations coordinate and execute common processes.
    24. Which of the following choices is generally the top priority for restoration of essential services in a community? A. Local industries
    25. Critical facilities
    26. Local businesses
    27. Residential areas
    28. During which step of the emergency planning process should communities begin to engage the whole community in planning? A. Develop the plan
    29. Form a collaborative planning team
    30. Understand the situation
    31. Determine goals and objectives
    32. Which one of the following statements best describes the role of the local government in emergency management?


    The local government… A. Can request aid directly from the federal government.

    1. Coordinates resources with other states through EMACs.
    2. Is responsible for managing an incident from beginning to end.
    3. Transfers command to the state 72 hours after an incident occurs.
    4. True or False: Mitigation funds are often allocated for public infrastructure and facilities improvements because they support the community’s priority to protect its citizens. A. True
    5. False
    6. Which one of the following choices is a question about a resource need that public works must take into account when developing administrative policies and processes for emergency management? A. Is permission required to enter private property during an emergency?
    7. Have mutual aid agreements been established with other communities?
    8. What are the established protocols for disseminating public information?
    9. What traffic routes will be used in the event that an evacuation is required?
    10. Which one of the following statements is NOT a good method for ensuring effective administrative practices for emergency management? A. Institute local funding mechanisms to supplement federal funds
    11. Establish mutual aid agreements only with surrounding communities
    12. Use prearranged contracts or agreements for procurement of resources
    13. Seek legal advice in the development of plans, procedures, and policies
    14. Choose the best phrase to complete the following statement:


    Public works professionals can help justify expenses for cost reimbursements and improve after-action analysis of the event through effective ________________________. A. mitigation

    1. delegation
    2. documentation
    3. characterization
    4. After-action analysis for the I-35W Mississippi Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis indicated that a primary reason for the successful response was the city’s linked 800 MHz communication system. However, the Department of Public Works (DPW) was not tied into the 800 MHz system. Instead, they were using push-to-talk phones and cell phones. The property shop manager obtained some hand-held radios for the DPW operations center and Command Post, which was separate from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) due to space constraints, but public works employees were unfamiliar with how to operate the radios in the 800 MHz system.


    Based on this information, which of the following choices provides the best recommendation for the PWD to ensure a coordinated response in the next emergency? A. Build a new EOC that will accommodate all agencies using the 800 MHz system

    1. Provide training on how to use the borrowed hand-held radios in the 800 MHz system
    2. Acquire new radios that are interoperable with other agencies in the 800 MHz system
    3. Acquire interoperable radios and provide training on how to use the 800 MHz system
    4. Which of the following statements best describes the first priority of public works during initial response? A. Provide an initial assessment of the damages to all community services
    5. Assist with life safety activity by providing equipment and technical expertise
    6. Restore solid waste management services, repair facilities, and clear streets
    7. Review reports and other data to provide a preliminary damage assessment
    8. True or False: The general public is less likely to panic if they are not given much information about an emergency. A. True
    9. False
    10. Which statement best describes the function of a Joint Information Center? A. Verifies the accuracy of all information prior to release and monitors media reports to provide correction as needed
    11. Establishes a method of operating during an incident that allows for coordinated information and integrated messages
    12. Provides an environment and a central location from which the other components of the public information program can function
    13. Provides information related to the incident and the functions of government as well as other matters of general interest both internally and externally
    14. Which one of the following is the best example of how public works professionals can contribute to emergency prevention through effective communication? A. Acquire historical damage assessment information for use by the emergency manager
    15. Communicate changes to household garbage collection schedules to the public
    16. Keep local, state, and federal agencies informed about debris management efforts
    17. Ensure that communication equipment is interoperable with that of other agencies
    18. Which of the following is an example of a non-structural public works mitigation activity? A. Retention ponds
    19. Seismic retrofitting
    20. Relocation of facilities
    21. Building code revision
    22. Which one of the following statements is NOT a way in which the public works professional can help to ensure that NIMS is incorporated at the local level? A. Review NIMS updates on a regular basis.
    23. Integrate NIMS into all emergency management plans.
    24. Develop public works code words for use during incident response.
    25. Complete the required NIMS training and promote training for others.