Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning



Department of Homeland Security Briefing on the National Incident Management System-National Response Plan (2004)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presented at the 2004 NRT & RRT Co-Chairs Meeting; Discusses the objectives of Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, outlines the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP) and presents a timeline for developing the NRP.

Initial National Response Plan (2003)
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, Management of Domestic Incidents, tasked then Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tom Ridge with developing a national response plan. The first draft, the Initial National Response Plan (INRP), establishes domestic incident management authorities and defines the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary of DHS.

Interim Federal Response Plan (2003)
Interim Federal Response Plan (FRP) supersedes the April 1999 FRP and describes the policies, planning assumptions, concept of operations, response and recovery actions, and responsibilities of 25 Federal departments and agencies and the American Red Cross. The FRP guides Federal operations following a Presidential declaration of a major disaster or emergency that overwhelms the ability of State of local governments to respond effectively to save lives; protect public health, safety, and property; and restore their communities.

Reconciling Federal Emergency Response Plans - NRT Homeland Security Recommendations (2003)
This Plan Reconciliation report assists in the consolidation of existing Federal Government emergency response plans into a single, coordinated national response plan; identifies the critical elements for a successful, well-coordinated response to incidents where more than one of the contingency plans would be used; and discusses the absence of a formal mechanism for reconciling the overlaps, gaps, and perceived conflicts that potentially exist among federal response plans.

Considering Preparing an Integrated Contingency Plan for Your Facility (2001)
Expands on the 1998 factsheet. Directed at facility managers to help them identify the necessary steps in preparing an Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) for their facility.

Electronic Contingency Plan (2000)
Two page factsheet defining an electronic contingency plan (ECP), outlining characteristics, benefits, and examples of ECPs and other resources regarding oil spills.

Coordinating Contingency Planning: NRT-RRT Contingency Planning (2000)
Aims to help state and local planners understand the various federal statutes and regulations that must be considered in contingency planning. Also describes plans regulating the private sector that are useful in public sector planning.

Reconciliation Coordination Issues Between the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (1999)
During a radiological emergency, the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan (FRERP) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) apply simultaneously. Consequently, it is necessary to reconcile the overlaps and perceived conflicts that potentially exist between these two plans. This report recommends a mechanism that addresses: (1) the perceived or potential conflicts between these two plans; (2) the solutions to these perceived or potential conflicts; and (3) the methods for implementing these solutions.

"One Plan" Guidance (1998)
Summarizes the purpose of the NRT's Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) Guidance, where "One Plan" Guidance can be found, and what regulations it incorporates.

Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan (1996)
Published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan (FRERP) is the operational plan for Federal agencies to discharge their responsibilities during peacetime radiological emergencies. It provides a concept of operations, outlines Federal policies and planning considerations, and specifies authorities and responsibilities of each Federal agency that has a significant role in such emergencies.

Federal Natural Resource Trustees and the Incident Command System/Unified Command
This fact sheet facilitates the integration of federal resource trustees into the Incident Command System (ICS)/Unified Command (UC) command structure; describes resources and assistance that federal trustees can provide; and where the coordination link occurs between Federal trustee response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) activities.

National - External Web Links

National Response Framework (FEMA)
The National Response Framework (NRF) establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents; Forms the basis of how federal departments and agencies will work together and how the federal government will coordinate with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents.


Regional Contingency Plans
Please visit RRT websites to view their plans. 

Regional - External Web Links

Plan, Prepare and Mitigate (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website provides useful links, hotline numbers, website addresses and other resources for state and local level All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning.


Effective Coordination in Local Emergency Planning (1998)

This 1998 study, commonly referred to as, "Planning for Response Success: Successful Practices in Coordinated Planning," was conducted to encourage coordination of local level emergency planning. It identifies examples of effective local coordination and analyzes what made these efforts successful.

About This Study

Table of Contents

Exceptional Features

Alaska Unified Plan

Delaware River and Bay Marine Fire Fighting Task Force

Cambria County Department of Emergency Services

Virginia Coastal Area Committee

Huntington Environmental Response Operations Plan

Charleston Area Contingency Plan

South Florida Area Contingency Plan

Toledo Mutual Aid Association

Northwest Area Contingency Plan

Missouri Emergency Management Plan

Summary of Common Characteristics

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations


Update of Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1 Update) (2001)
Update of NRT-1; Addresses outdated information of the 1987 Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide.

Criteria for Review of Hazardous Materials Emergency Plans (NRT1a) (1988)
Supplements NRT-1; Recommends criteria to RRTs for reviewing their emergency plans. Criteria is also useful for State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) during plan revision.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1) (1987)
Describes how to form a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), select a leader, identify and analyze hazards, identify response equipment and personnel, write a hazardous materials emergency response plan and update that plan. Aims to help local authorities in their efforts to comply with Title III of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, which mandates creating local plans.

Technical Guidance for Hazardous Analysis: Emergency Planning for Extremely Hazardous Substances (1987)
Supplements NRT-1; Provides technical assistance to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) to assess lethal hazards related to airborne releases of extremely hazardous substances as designated under Section 302 of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program: A Handbook for State and Local Officials (DOT Transportation Library)
This handbook was prepared as guidance by the NRT to provide state and local governments with practical advice for developing a comprehensive hazardous materials exercise program.


Working together to protect against threats to our land, air and water

United States Environmental Protection Agency United States Coast Guard United States Department of State United States Department of Defense U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) United States Department of Energy United States Department of Agriculture United States Department of Health & Human Services United States Department of the Interior United States Department of Commerce United States Department of Transportation United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission United States General Services Administration United States Department of Justice United States Department of Labor