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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed the IS-235.C course to help emergency responders become familiar with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The course is designed to provide training on how to manage incidents, including large-scale disasters, effectively.
The IS-235.C Emergency Planning exam is a requirement for all emergency responders seeking NIMS certification. The exam covers incident command, communications, and resource management topics. To pass the exam, you must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of NIMS principles and practices.
FEMA IS-235.C Emergency Planning Answers
|An effective way to test and evaluate plans, policies, procedures, and coordination of decision making is by:||Conducting exercises.|
|Preparedness:||Results from building and sustaining core capabilities in each of five mission areas.|
|When possible, the planning team should build on existing assessments such Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments prepared by the States, major urban areas, and other government entities.||True|
|The emergency planning process includes the following steps: (1) Form a collaborative planning team; (2) Understand the situation; (3) __; (4) Develop the plan; (5) Prepare, review, and get approval; and (6) Implement and maintain the plan. Select the missing Step 3 from below:|
A. Step 3. Conduct a hazard analysis.
B. Step 3. Submit an outline for Federal approval.
C. Step 3. Assign responsibilities for mission assignments.
|Step 3. Determine goals and objectives.|
|What part of an emergency operations plan typically documents the methods, procedures, actions, and responsibilities for a critical operational function (such as communications or mass care) during emergency operations?||Basic plan.|
|The process for developing emergency operations plans is outlined in Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101.||True.|
|The planning team should represent the many facets of the community, including governmental and nongovernmental entities, the private sector, infrastructure owners and operators, and civic leaders.||True.|
|Select the TRUE statement:|
A. Jurisdiction information is not relevant to threat/hazard analysis because it doesn’t reveal anything about capabilities.
B. When developing an emergency plan, only information from Federal government sources should be used, to ensure the plan is based on reliable and universally applicable data.
Correct Answer: C. Each time an emergency plan is updated, the team should discard the existing information and start from scratch to be sure the analysis is based on current data.
D. Analyzing threat/hazard and jurisdiction information enables the planning team to identify capabilities needed to manage associated risks.
|Each time an emergency plan is updated, the team should discard the existing information and start from scratch to be sure the analysis is based on current data.|
|In the plan development step of emergency planning, the planning team generates, compares, and selects possible courses of action; identifies required resources; and:||Analyzes threats and hazards faced by the jurisdiction.|
|Exercises are a means of learning what works and what does not work as planned.||True.|
|Collaborative planning builds trust and working relationships that will be needed during emergencies.||True.|
|An emergency operations plan:|
A. Serves primarily as a budgeting document for acquiring emergency management resources.
B. Focuses on standard operating procedures for responding to one single type of incident.
C. Is required in order for a jurisdiction to receive Federal assistance with mitigation initiatives.
|Establishes the overall authority, roles, and functions performed during incidents.|
|A benefit of forming a collaborative planning team is that it:||Builds trust and working relationships that will be needed during emergencies.|
|A benefit of building trust among planning team members is that:||Community leaders on the team can provide insight into the needs and capabilities of the community.|
|An emergency operations plan delineates:||How people and property will be protected during an emergency.|
|When an emergency operations plan has been developed and approved, what step remains to be done?||Implement and maintain the plan.|
|Elected officials should be excluded from the planning process because of the potential for political influence.||False|
|Diversity of the planning group:|
A. Makes it difficult to identify shared goals.
B. Requires the group leader to control of decision making and action planning.
C. Creates an obstacle to gaining community acceptance of the plan.
D. Often results in more comprehensive and creative planning.
|Often results in more comprehensive and creative planning.|
|The planning process set out in CPG 101:|
A. Is suitable for planning by all levels of government.
B. Is best suited for strategic planning rather than operational planning.
C. Is not appropriate for use by private entities.
D. Applies only to development of new plans, not plan updates.
|Is suitable for planning by all levels of government.|
|When building a collaborative planning team:||Each mission area should be represented on the core team.|
|An emergency plan should be reviewed and updated:||At least every 1 or 2 years and after key events or changes that impact emergency management.|
|All of the following are true of emergency planning EXCEPT FOR:|
A. It identifies tasks, allocates resources, and establishes accountability.
B. It is most effective when it focuses on a single threat/hazard at a time.
C. It should involve all stakeholders in the community.
D. It uses a logical, analytical problem-solving process.
|It is most effective when it focuses on a single threat/hazard at a time.|
|What part of an emergency operations plan typically provides an overview of the emergency management and response program?||Basic plan|
|An emergency plan element that focuses on special planning needs generated by a bioterrorism attack is an example of a/an:||Threat/hazard/incident-specific annex.|
|The emergency operations plan establishes the overall authority, roles, and functions performed during incidents.||True|
|Which of the following presents an integrated set of guidance, programs, and processes that enables the whole community to meet the National Preparedness Goal?||National Preparedness System|
|What is THIRA?||The Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment is a comprehensive process for identifying threats and hazards along with their associated capabilities.|
|Step 4 of the planning process is plan development. This step involves generating courses of action, identifying required resources, and:||Estimating capabilities and shortfalls.|
|What are core capabilities?|
A. Individual competencies that each emergency management professional should possess in order to receive credentials.
B. Distinct elements that are essential for the execution of each mission area.
C. Skills, knowledge, and aptitudes that jurisdictions must develop before they can begin the planning process.
D. Standards that jurisdictions must meet in order to receive grant funding.
|Distinct elements that are essential for the execution of each mission area.|
|In the emergency planning process outlined in CPG 101, generating, comparing, and selecting possible courses of action to achieve desired outcomes is part of:||Step 4, Develop the Plan|
|Which type of implementing instruction would be most appropriate for recording calculations and/or observations?||Recordkeeping/combination form|
|Which of the following is a TRUE statement about Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)?||THIRA is a comprehensive process for identifying threats and hazards along with their associated capabilities.|
|As defined in CPG 101, the first step in the emergency planning process is to:||Form a collaborative planning team.|
FEMA IS-235C Final Exam Answers
|All of the following statements about plan approval and dissemination are true EXCEPT FOR:||Each plan must be presented to the Department of Homeland Security for final approval.|
|When completing a threat/hazard analysis, you should do all of the following actions, EXCEPT FOR:||Ask community organizations, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other nontraditional partners to assist with the process.|
|Each of the following should trigger a review of the emergency plan, EXCEPT FOR:||Hiring of new emergency management agency support staff.|
|Which of the following statements is FALSE?||Emergency plans ensure that all resources can be obtained through internal sources within the jurisdiction.|
|One purpose of providing training on the emergency plan is to ensure that stakeholders are prepared to communicate and coordinate with others involved in implementing the plan.||TRUE|
|Select the TRUE statement:|
A. An emergency plan is considered up-to-date if it has been reviewed at least once in the last decade.
B. An emergency plan only needs to be updated when there is a revision in the laws, codes, or ordinances that govern emergency planning.
C. An emergency plan should be reviewed and updated at least every 1 or 2 years and after key events, including plan activation.
D. The best time to review and update an emergency plan is during a major activation of the plan, while personnel are focused on the policies and procedures.
|An emergency plan should be reviewed and updated at least every 1 or 2 years and after key events, including plan activation.|
|The goal of preparedness is a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.||TRUE|
|Planning teams are most effective when:||The group finds common ground on which to build consensus for action.|
|Forming a planning team removes individual accountability if problems arise during incident response.||FALSE|
|A key planning principle is that plans are most coherent when developed by a single emergency management professional and then presented to the response community for approval.||FALSE|
|Detailed guidance for developing emergency plans can be found in:||Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101.|
|What role do nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play in emergency planning?||NGOs only role is to provide volunteers during an emergency.|
|Which of the following is a FALSE statement?|
A. Preparedness activities take place before, during, and after an incident.
B. Preparedness derives from building and sustaining the capabilities that are necessary to deal with great risks.
C. Preparedness results from building and sustaining core capabilities in each of the five mission areas.
D. Preparedness requires the development of a separate emergency plan for each identified threat and hazard.
|Preparedness requires the development of a separate emergency plan for each identified threat and hazard.|
|What role does the private sector play in emergency planning?||The private sector should be involved as a stakeholder in the planning process.|
|Concept of Operations is a standard element of a basic plan.||TRUE|
|An effective way to test and evaluate plans, policies, procedures, and coordination of decision-making is by:||Conducting exercises.|
|The process for developing emergency operations plans is outlined in the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101.||TRUE|
|When possible, the planning team should build on existing assessments such as Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments prepared by the States, major urban areas, and other government entities.||TRUE|
|Team planning is most effective when the group leader develops the overall plan and then solicitsfeedback from the group.||FALSE|
|The planning team should represent the many facets of the community, including governmental and nongovernmental entities, the private sector, infrastructure owners and operators, and civic leaders.||True|
Q: What is the Federal Emergency Management Agency?
A: FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is an independent agency of the United States government that provides emergency management assistance to local and state governments.
Q: What does FEMA do?
A: FEMA’s primary mission is to reduce the loss of life and property due to disasters. FEMA also works to mitigate the effects of disasters on the American people by providing assistance to individuals and families affected by disasters, rebuilding communities, and assisting in recovery.
Primary audience: This training is for anyone who wants to learn more about emergency management and how to make decisions during a crisis.