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Planning Section

About the Planning Section

The IDHS Planning Section is a comprehensive section that assists the state government, local governments and the private sector plan prepare for and estimate all levels of outcomes for a disaster, natural or manmade.

This section develops, maintains and enhances more than 70 state-level emergency plans and ensures compliance with federal guidelines. It also works at the local level and provides planning templates, guidance, review and feedback of emergency plans to counties and businesses.

The Planning Section also collaborates with other IDHS sections to provide expertise to plans being validated by the Exercise Section, training data to the Training Section from responses collected from local county governments and businesses and more.

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Natural Hazards Preparedness

In collaboration with six other states, IDHS has published the Without Warning! comic book that visually talks about the threats for earthquakes in the Central United States and what people should do before, during and after one occurs. Give it a read!

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More Earthquake Resources


Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

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The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) is a GIS mapping dashboard that allows emergency managers and other community leaders to toggle a variety of local information, including census data, public safety locations, historic disasters and more. Learn more about the tool at the FEMA website.


National Water Dashboard (NWD)

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The USGS National Water Dashboard is a one-stop resource for all available USGS water data to make decisions that can preserve life and property. It provides real-time information as well as past precipitation totals, forecasts and drought conditions. Learn more about USGS water data at the USGS website.

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Shelter-In-Place Pictograms

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The Shelter-In-Place Pictograms document gives guidance for hazards while in a mobile home, short building or multistory building. The guidance has recommended interior locations, protective actions and how long to remain sheltered for each hazard. Find more FEMA planning resources at the FEMA website.

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