Documentation and reporting is an essential component of any Emergency Operations
Plan and should delineate the procedures to be used. It is imperative that reporting and
accountability procedures be in place for a number of reasons.
- Accurate recording and reporting of pre-planning and preparations reduces
liability and allows stakeholders at all levels to anticipate problems and take
measures to improve and correct deficiencies
- Accurate reporting creates a network of accountability at every stage of
emergency operations and management and in every area of responsibility
- Accurate reporting ensures that appropriate actions were taken prior to, during
and after a critical event
- Accurate reporting ensures that preparatory measures such as drills are being
implemented and practiced at the required intervals
Some sample forms are included in this guide, however we recommend that all aspects of
your Emergency Operations Plan be recorded and documented from the development to
the implementation to its actual use during a critical event.