The High Road: Disaster Operations Outreach Reservoir

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The following post is one of many under “The High Road” designation that contain the Impossible Roads Foundation (IRF) guide and reservoir of knowledge regarding the functions, processes, and products necessary to conduct operational planning for the Impossible Roads Foundation disaster response. It is designed to be a reference guide, educational tool, and guiding document. It supersedes and guides the application of all plans and standard operating guidelines that concern the planning process. Specific assignments of functions outlined within are contained in the Impossible Roads Foundation Emergency Operations Plans. A few key notes to frame the reader’s interpretation of the following insights:

  1. These insights are focused on Strategic Operations Planning – defined as the organizational planning activities necessary to evaluate a disaster, coordinate the deployment and support of responding resources, and set organizational priorities. For the Impossible Roads Foundation, these processes are housed in the Mission Planning Process. This process is separate from incident-level planning, which focuses on incident monitoring; creation of incident-level objectives; development of tactics; and the application of deployed resources to achieve those objectives. Strategic planning is an activity conducted by emergency operations centers, multi-agency coordination organizations, and other coordinating entities outside incident-level leadership.
  2. These insights should not be construed to replace or supersede the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or the Incident Command System (ICS).
  3. Strategic planning is an activity that involves all members of the Impossible Roads Foundation Team leadership. Though field operations and planning personnel will often take the lead, the final product relies on contributions from all leadership personnel. It is extremely difficult for a single person or functional area, no matter their skill level, to complete it alone. All state, regional, and headquarters leaders should be thoroughly familiar with the process and proficient in the ways they can, or are required, to contribute to it.

The posts designated “The high Road” are our strategic communications that highlight how both individuals and volunteers can help their fellow neighbors in community in the event of a personal or widespread disaster. The Impossible Roads Foundation endeavors to always be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the best methods to sustainably elevate our brothers and sisters in need. From an operational and strategic standpoint, this looks like using our fleet that is equipped with our custom NASA spinoff technology module https://software.nasa.gov/software/ARC-17472-1  that John P. Hope adapted and added in order to scale, chronicle, and make available community response to the needs around the world. Over the course of the next 5 years, we will be mapping and tracking the world’s needs and impossible people/situations while meeting with community foundations and stakeholders to best determine how to best deliver service and coordinated responses to those that are hurting while also providing global opportunities and insights into the most strategic ways to serve worldwide.

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