Last updated in 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now seeking community input as it prepares to update its Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (CPG 101). 

CPG 101, as expressed by FEMA, is the foundation for state, territorial, tribal and local emergency planning in the United States. It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of risk-informed planning and decision making to help planners examine a hazard or threat and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans. Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs), the focus of the guide, essentially describe “who will do what, as well as when, with what resources, and by what authority—before, during, and immediately after an emergency.” 

To further the planning community’s understanding of the CPG 101, and to ultimately collect valuable input toward the guide’s updating, FEMA will host a series of 60-minute virtual learning sessions in the weeks ahead. It is important to note that advance registration is required for attendance, and that all sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, simply click on one of the sessions below. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – 1 p.m. ET

Monday, December 9, 2019 – 2 p.m. ET

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 5:00 pm. ET

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – 11 a.m. ET

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – 2 p.m. ET

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – 11 a.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, 2 p.m. ET

In the meantime, FEMA has made a line-numbered version of the CPG 101 and a comment matrix available online at When reviewing the document, it is important to consider: 

  • How you currently use CPG 101 in your planning process and what could make it a more impactful?
  • What is the most valuable part of the document and which portions can be improved?
  • Identifying additional topics, templates, checklist, or other resources that can improve the usefulness of the document?

FEMA will accept comments through Tuesday, January 14, 2020.