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Strategic Planning

The Plans Section manages the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IIOEM) annual strategic planning process using data gathered in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). The IIOEM Strategic Plan is a document that is revised annually and sets a course for continuous improvement while establishing IIOEM major programmatic, policy, and performance goals. Beginning with core functions identified in Idaho Code and Governor’s Executive Order to define our programs, IIOEM leverages the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process to define targeted projects designed to build or sustain prioritized core capabilities, then seeks and manages appropriate funding streams.

Through continuous application of the National Preparedness Cycle, IIOEM continuously reviews and updates programmatic requirements. IIOEM then applies resources and develops partnerships to ensure the most effective and efficient use of State and Federal funds. It is through this process that IIOEM is able to represent the governor, and on behalf of the governor, lead the activities of state agencies in all phases of disaster services.

Currently only states are required to complete an annual THIRA, however IIOEM encourages counties and tribes to complete their own THIRA to assist in grant funding prioritization and emergency preparedness planning. IIOEM has developed a Local THIRA Guide to assist jurisdictions in creating their own THIRA. The Plans Section also provides THIRA assistance and guidance to local jurisdictions as requested.


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