A Resource Management Plan is required in order to provide the unit with a means to provide its sponsoring agency with the resources (personnel and equipment) to handle the emergency communications for any type of exercise or incident.
Sharing resource information with other EMCOMM units in the state or region is an important element for interoperability in the public interest.
Some of the most common and important resources available are the existing repeaters, full service bulletin boards, and packet nodes within the city/county/region. Make an effort to obtain the callsign and frequency of these as well as the control and system operators (and alternates) home and work phone numbers.
This plan is based on the above and 3 shared reports listing personnel, their equipment and their availability. These will be summarized and distributed via available means to all within the service area (state, region or as applicable):
- Personal Status Report (PSR) - Individual ability to respond as to them, their equipment (if involved/needed), primary and secondary availability Use a Resource Capability Questionnaire to aid in their self-determination by asking themselves the questions.
Organizational Status Report (OSR) - Overall unit availability; contents obtained by polling each trained unit participant and is based on their having compiled their availability using the units Personal Status Report (PSR)
Incident Resource Status Report (IRSR) - A status report of current ongoing operational incident resources that are being utilized and what resources are needed to maintain operations.
A primary responder is one that is fully trained, and available at any time at a moments notice. This person can only be listed as primary within one organization (if they are in more than one, i.e., RACES or VIP).
A secondary responder is one that can only respond under one or more conditions (i.e., work hours and lead time required to arrange vacation or time off, not fully trained, health reasons, transportation problems; or is a primary responder for another organization.
All organizations within an area, region or state (as applicable) should jointly decide on the exact contents of these reports and who they should go to.
This plan - if properly utilized - can provide a sound base on which all EMCOMM unit Lead Officers can build any emergency communication system. For mutual aid this critically important information is required. Knowing what what neighbors have in the way of personnel and equipment capable of communications is vital in today's interwoven world.
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