The Preparedness Branch works closely with local, state, federal, and non-governmental partners to achieve optimal and reasonable levels of disaster preparedness. The Branch utilizes collaborative activities to identify and strengthen priority capabilities, define common solutions, and deliver strategic results in the training and exercise arenas of preparedness.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility, and this Branch supports initiatives through training, exercises, and outreach programming that address all-hazards issues. Following national level guidance, strategies to adopt unique delivery systems and shared resources are becoming the norm. Language from the national level has guided states to manage preparedness by adopting a systems-based regional approach that will enable stakeholders to blend expertise and integrate resources to better serve the citizens of the state. Cross walks between emergency management and homeland security policy serves as an integrated model for defining effective preparedness capabilities.
The functions carried out by the Preparedness Branch can be defined under the programs of:
To ensure prepared and capable responders the Training Program develops, delivers, and coordinates homeland security and emergency management training and education activities which enhance the capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate against all hazards, natural or manmade.
The Training Program utilizes training resources from Federal, State and non-governmental partners to ensure that all training activities support identified capabilities, priorities, needs and lessons learned. This includes facilitating the delivery of courses locally and coordinating attendance at training delivered outside the State of Kansas.
The Training Program integrates and coordinates training programs and activities into all preparedness, planning, response and recovery missions. Alignment of local and State capabilities focused on State and national priorities is achieved through regular training evaluations, needs assessments, strategic curricula guidelines, and institutionalized training opportunities.
Next to actual occurrences, exercises are the primary tool for assessing preparedness and identifying areas for improvement, while demonstrating sustainable solutions and priorities. The aim of exercises allows participating entities and systems to address gaps, deficiencies, and vulnerabilities in a safe environment prior to a real event.
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is the foundation of the statewide exercise program which provides partners with a standardized policy, methodology, and terminology for exercise development, conduct and evaluation processes. The exercise program also provides resources and technical assistance to facilitate the management of self-sustaining exercise programs statewide.