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Emergency Operations & Recovery Planning



For almost his entire career, Mr. Olson has prepared emergency response plans and standard operating procedures, contingency plans and checklists, planning scenarios, and a full range of training and exercise materials.  He also has evaluated such plans, training sessions, and field training exercises. His clients have included all levels of government, private companies, charitable organizations, and foreign organizations. Where applicable, all plans and materials conform to federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements, California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) requirements, and any other governing requirements.

Example specific contingency plans address dam failure evacuations, actual earthquake and earthquake prediction responses, terrorist incident responses, flood preparations and responses, wildland fire evacuations, volcanic eruption warnings and evacuations, tsunami warnings and evacuations, hurricane responses, civil disturbance incidents, utility system failure incidents, and others. Mr. Olson led the team that evaluated the water system’s response to the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire that destroyed over 3,000 homes.

Mr. Olson led a team for Multnomah County, Oregon to develop a post-disaster community recovery plan.  Its goal is to help the recovered community become more disaster resistant than it was before the causative event. One of the first in the U.S. to address long-term community (i.e., Portland area) post-disaster recovery, this plan addresses 17 long-term recovery functions including damage assessment,  business and economic recovery, social services, public telecommunications services, temporary shelter and housing, cultural and historic properties, and other functions. This experience was transferred to Kern County, California for which a similar plan was developed and used for training purposes

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