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Regional, State, Local, and Laboratory Emergency Management Structure

Each facility is responsible for developing and implementing an emergency management plan based on its own risks. This plan must be shared with local and state emergency management organizations. This allows for coordination of efforts and federal support in the event of a disaster.
Use a browsing tool and search for your local, regional, and state emergency planning organizations. The image to the right shows the regional FEMA structure. Each of these agencies has plans, procedures, equipment, supplies, medications, vaccines, modes of deployment, and communication plans. As an example, this is the link to the plan for the State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/MEMP_portfolio_for_web_383520_7.pdf.
Locate your laboratory's emergency management plan and determine the role your laboratory plays in emergency planning.