Final Paper

For your final assignment, assume you are the emergency manager (EM) for the state, county, or city (your community) in which you live. Building upon the analysis you have done throughout this course you are already in the process of preparing an emergency plan for your community.


In this paper, you will prepare an emergency plan for your community that addresses the following:

  • Summarize specific disaster conditions or actual hazard responses (such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, chemical spill, or wildfire) that are likely in your community.
  • Develop an assessment of your level of preparedness to handle the disaster conditions or actual hazard responses.
  • Develop an assessment for the likelihood of future circumstances that could impact your community, Topics to consider:
    • Climate change
    • Population changes
    • Technology changes
    • Critical infrastructure
  • Explain recommended actions and changes that would limit the impact of the hazard with mitigation and resilience techniques. Your recommendations should address:
    • Planning considerations
    • Equipment shortfalls
    • First responders
    • State and local government
    • Business community
    • Local populations


Next, assume a major disaster occurred or is threatening your community and address the following:

  • Describe how you will respond with regard to communications and coordination with other agencies.
  • Describe how you will respond with regard to mobilization of resources and personnel.
  • Describe how you will respond with regard to potential evacuations.
  • Describe how you will respond with regard to emergency shelters.
  • Describe how you will respond with regard to issues with water, power, and health facilities.
  • Describe how you will respond with regard to communication with the public.


Complete your paper by including the following:

  • Develop an assessment of needed recovery efforts, as well as mitigation, and adaptations that may limit future damages, as well as improve response for future disasters.


The Final Paper

  • Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
      • For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
  • Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
    • For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the UAGC Writing Center resources.
  • Must use at least six scholarly, government, or credible sources in addition to the course text. Two of these references must be found in the UAGC Library.
    • The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the UAGC Writing Center for specifications.


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