Scope of Responsibility: A planner is not a decision maker. Instead, he is a decision facilitator. While free thinking, he understands his role is to capture options and possibilities and coordinate decisions from the appropriate level of management. Often planners are asked to make decisions or recommendations regarding a particular emergency preparedness protocol or policy. A good planner will lay out the options, provide an objective and thorough list of pros and cons, but ultimately allow the organization to make the final decision on how it chooses to operate.
In our next article, we'll discuss the planning process.
About the author: Walter F. Ulmer III is president of Remlu, inc. a veteran-owned small business dedicated to emergency preparedness planning and exercise development and delivery. He holds a bachelors degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University. He has over 25 years national and international planning and exercise development experience, ranging from the planning of military operations to developing preparedness plans for private corporations. He has developed emergency plans for military facilities, local jurisdictions, health departments, colleges and universities, high-rise buildings, and security service companies. He is currently an adjunct instructor for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center and in this capacity presents emergency preparedness planning seminars to senior emergency management officials and elected officials throughout the United States. He is also a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) New York City Hi-Rise Emergency Action Planning Task Force.