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FEMA IS-554: Emergency Planning for Public Works Answers

    1. Which response activity listed below would NOT generally need to be included in a public works emergency plan? A. Debris removal
    2. Medical transport
    3. Building inspection services
    4. Damage assessment
    5. Which of the following best describes the purpose of a public works emergency plan? A. The purpose of the public works emergency plan is to be a backup to the plans of those agencies more directly involved in emergency response following an event or incident.
    6. A public works emergency plan is an organizational map of the procedures to be followed by public works and all other community agencies during an event or incident.
    7. A public works emergency plan is intended to be a guide to manage risk and offer guidance based on the nature and extent of an event or incident.
    8. The public works emergency plan is an overall script to be implemented in an event or incident.
    9. What is a primary focus of public works planning efforts that contributes to the community’s overall emergency preparedness level? A. Leading training exercises for first responders and the public so that they can be prepared in the event of a disaster
    10. Restoration of critical infrastructure and key resources as quickly as possible so response and recovery processes can continue
    11. Establishing oversight over other agencies in the community to ensure that all preparedness issues are being addressed
    12. Establishing its own emergency plan independent of the community-wide plan
    13. Which of the following best describes the role of public works in performing risk and vulnerability assessments? A. Public works must consider the vulnerability of public works facilities and infrastructure to hazards identified in the risk assessment.
    14. Public works is usually involved in identifying hazards during the risk assessment but not in conducting vulnerability assessments.
    15. Public works is not usually involved in performing risk and vulnerability assessments, but may sometimes use the information from them when planning.
    16. Conducting community-wide risk and vulnerability assessments is the primary responsibility of public works.
    17. Restoration and reconstruction of critical infrastructure and key resources would most likely be included under which component of an emergency plan? A. Operational priorities
    18. Debris management plan
    19. Communication capabilities
    20. Roles and responsibilities
    21. Which of the following is NOT generally an important consideration when gathering information to include in the public works agency-specific plan? A. Including risk and vulnerability assessment information for the community
    22. Correlating the public works plan with the community-wide emergency plan
    23. Conducting and maintaining an inventory of goods and supplies
    24. Researching the total number of local government employees
    25. Which of the following best describes the importance of emergency planning to public works activities? A. The public works agency should be involved in all preparedness activities to ensure a cohesive response effort and quicker recovery.
    26. Public works activities have less of an impact on reducing the loss of life and property than activities performed by other government agencies.
    27. The emergency planning process begins with the evaluation of risks and vulnerabilities, especially to critical infrastructure.
    28. Maintaining emergency facilities is the only area of emergency planning that involves public works.
    29. Which of the following is an important aspect in conducting an after-action review? A. The after-action review will be used to develop an improvement plan.
    30. The after-action review is primarily an accountability tool that is shared with the public.
    31. The review is conducted privately with each member of the team to avoid placing blame.
    32. The review focuses only on what went right during the event.
    33. Which of the following statements correctly describes the information that risk and vulnerability assessments can provide? A. They provide specific and accurate information that rarely needs to be updated.
    34. They are unable to provide information on how often a hazard is likely to occur, at what severity, or where it may strike.
    35. They should provide precise dollar amounts in regard to resource needs.
    36. They provide information about potential hazards and the susceptibility of the community’s assets to those hazards.
    37. Which of the following terms is a measure of the seriousness of the effects of a hazard event? A. Impact
    38. Risk
    39. Severity
    40. Magnitude
    41. What two steps in the hazard analysis process should take place before conducting an inventory of assets? A. Predicting risks, estimating losses
    42. Identifying hazards, profiling hazards
    43. Profiling hazards, predicting risks
    44. Estimating losses, identifying hazards
    45. Which of the following is the most accurate statement about common planning assumptions for a public works emergency plan? A. The planning assumptions define the expectations of what will be true when the plan is implemented.
    46. It is not necessary to list obvious assumptions.
    47. Planning assumptions rarely change, even when the community and agency go through changes.
    48. There should be information about resources and potential needs.
    49. When should updates to the public works emergency plan take place? A. Every other year and after an disaster event
    50. Whenever a change occurs in resource or infrastructure inventory, administrative practices, or risk and vulnerability assessments
    51. Every year and after every training exercise
    52. Once every five years at a minimum, and upon the request of any of the stakeholders or partners involved in the plan
    53. Which of the following statements most accurately describes recovery activities included in the emergency plan? A. Recovery activities performed by public works are divided into four basic categories.
    54. Recovery activities are the sole responsibility of the public works agencies.
    55. Recovery activities might include efforts to restore utilities, clear debris, and restore services to critical customers such as nursing homes and hospitals.
    56. Recovery activities will include damage assessment, identification of infrastructure disruption, securing facilities, and clearing streets.
    57. Which of the initial tasks for the planning team would include setting the frequency of meetings so that everyone participating can have a voice in creating a schedule? A. Defining agency jurisdiction
    58. Establishing expectations
    59. Assigning administrative planning assignments
    60. Identifying the mission
    61. Which of the following potential key players in the public works planning team, would most likely provide information about hazardous materials produced in the community and specialized personnel or resources that could be used in an emergency? A. Local Businesses
    62. Law Enforcement Services
    63. Finance and Procurement
    64. Emergency Medical Services
    65. Which of the following statements most accurately describes the importance of training and exercises? A. Training and exercises allow for clarification of the processes, procedures, roles, and responsibilities that will be required following a hazard.
    66. Documentation of training activities serves the primary purpose of lessening the liability of the agency.
    67. The Incident Command System is the primary training system for public works training and exercises and provides a critical framework for utilizing training feedback.
    68. Training activities should always involve outside agencies in order to ensure standardization and consistency.
    69. Which of the following statements best describes how risk and vulnerability assessment information is used to identify mitigation opportunities? A. The information prescribes a plan of action that can be taken after the impact of hazard events.
    70. The information is used to assign functional roles and responsibilities within the public works agency.
    71. The information is better used to assess the impact of mitigation strategies than to influence their implementation.
    72. This information helps decision makers prioritize mitigation activities to make use of limited resources.
    73. Which type of training and exercise defined by HSEEP is a discussion-based, facilitated analysis of an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free environment? A. Tabletop Exercise
    74. Workshop
    75. Drill
    76. Seminar