The District Preparedness System is governed by the DC Emergency Preparedness Council (EPC), the DC Emergency Response System (ERS) Committee, and working groups and subcommittees aligned to mission and functional areas. These groups work together to leverage best practices, lessons learned, existing knowledge and expertise, and innovative resources to meet the known and emerging threats and hazards in order to build on our standing as a national leader in emergency management.
Emergency Response System
In 2013, the DCEPC created the DCERS, which meets monthly to discuss strategies, set priorities, and provide input and guidance to relevant city departments and agencies on issues of emergency preparedness. The DCERS is a key part of the District Preparedness System and channels initiatives to integrated working groups for planning, logistics and resource management, training and exercises, and law and policy to expand and operationalize committee recommendations. The DCERS coordinates and partners with the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System and ERS Maryland. All three systems work to promote regional preparedness in alignment with the goals and priorities of the District of Columbia and the National Capital Region.
District Preparedness Framework - The District Preparedness Framework provides a collaborative and systematic approach for the Whole Community - that is, the individuals and communities; private and nonprofit sectors; faith-based and nongovernmental organizations; and local and Federal governments-to reduce risks and improve capabilities in the District in order to prevent and protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards.
District Response Plan - The District of Columbia uses a community-based, all-hazards approach to disaster management. To this end, the District has developed the District Response Plan. This plan provides a collaborative and systematic approach for the Whole Community of the District to improve capabilities in order to properly prepare to respond to any and all-hazards that may affect the District. This plan helps District officials accomplish the District’s Response Mission: to provide tiered, scalable, flexible, and adaptable capabilities that allows for coordinated planning in times of calm and effective and unified response in times of crisis within or impacting the District of Columbia, to save lives, protect property and the environment, stabilize the community, and meet basic human needs. In addition to this base plan, individual District agencies also have specific response standard operation procedures.