Being well prepared at Government Operations requires selecting and deploying solutions that optimally facilitate the operational planning, communications, management and provision of services at disaster sites while protecting critical personnel, and property against a range of relevant threats. Within their jurisdiction or in assistance to others, preparedness requires that government officials are able to rapidly deploy and establish command and control over external events. They must ensure response forces have the equipment and facilities necessary to deploy to minimize and contain disasters and to safely execute search and rescue for survivors.
Accordingly governments must invest appropriately to be prepared for a range of potential threat events (from low risk/high probability to high risk/low probability), each of which vary with respect to dangers to lives and property, to interruptions to jurisdictional continuity of operations, and to the size, cost and duration of the response and recovery.
Such combinations of threats may be of
Natural Origin - including major storms, wildfires, earthquakes and related tsunamis, river flooding, mud/snow slides, extreme heat/cold waves, snow/ice storms, and even solar storms; all of which can either directly hinder or damage operations, endanger employees and or indirect threaten government operations by damaging relevant infrastructure.
Manmade Origin – including the accidental or the intentional widespread release of hazardous materials, wildfires, the pandemic spread of disease caused by global travel, accidental or intentional damage to infrastructure and in particular utilities and communications networks, roads and waterways and acts of civilian unrest, terror or war.