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IS-2002: Introduction to FEMA Operational Planning

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Course Overview

This course offers training in the fundamentals of how FEMA conducts operational planning activities. The goal of this training is to maximize planning interoperability within FEMA and the national and regional interagency and to ensure proper coordination with the state, local, and tribal planners.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the purpose of planning and how the FOPM is organized.
  • Explain that crisis action planning does not differ from deliberate planning in any way except for the environment in which it occurs.
  • Identify and engage all appropriate entities that can contribute to the plan or who will be affected by or will use the finished plan.
  • Conduct research and informational analysis and identify critical facts and assumptions to gain and maintain a common situational understanding.
  • Use their common situational understanding to envision a desired end state and identify operational approaches to realize that end state.
  • Develop and compare solutions in the form of Courses of Action (COAs).
  • Write a deliberate plan using a FEMA standard format and use the FEMA criteria for assessing the quality of a draft plan in order to get a FEMA operational plan approved and to disseminate a FEMA operational plan.
  • Conduct a training and exercise schedule, an implementation schedule, and a maintenance schedule to inform the response community of how to use the plan.
  • Adapt deliberate plans to meet crisis action planning needs.
  • Summarize the FEMA operational planning process.

Primary Audience

The target audience for this training will include the below organizations throughout the U.S., with varying degrees of Internet access, systems, and knowledge.


  • IS 235 – Emergency Planning
  • IS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System
  • IS 200.B. – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents



Course Length:

4 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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