How to Develop Disaster Mitigation and Preparation Plans

10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Leadership and Management


Park and recreation agencies must be prepared for any type of emergency or disaster. In this session, we will review the elements of risk and learn the steps involved when formulating a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for your agency. Collaboration and cooperation with other community agencies are important and help create a unified response when a crisis occurs. Attend this session to understand the significant impact mitigation and preparation can have on outcomes.


Learning Outcomes:

Define elements of risk and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from similar future events.

Learn the importance of a Continuity of Operations Plan and the elements that make a plan.

Understand how to integrate planning efforts and risk reduction with other community planning efforts.



Manuel Soto

Emergency Manager, City of Orlando, Florida


Steven Patton

Bureau Manager of Parks and Forestry Operations, City of Norfolk (Virginia) Recreation, Parks and Open Space Department

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