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SECTION 3 Assess Agency Status in Emergency Response Training This section introduces the self-assessment process of the 2010 Guide. There are several tools that state transportation agencies and other agencies can use to establish the thoroughness of their planning and identify areas that could be improved in future updates of the EOP. The two perspectives of this self-assessment are (1) the state transportation agency's role and involvement in the State EOP in the context of the responsibilities of the agency in ESF #1-- Transportation and ESF #3--Public Works; and (2) the thoroughness of the agency's own EOP(s). The next section, Develop an Emergency Preparedness Program, summarizes self-assessment tools. The section details all the steps recommended for this process; it is high-level information, based on the NIMS requirements and other documents, and generally follows the process laid out in CPG 101 (CPG 101, 2009). The 2010 Guide refers to the Plan-Prepare-Respond-Recover regi- men as stages. The Full Emergency Response Requirements Matrix (Section 6) presents full details of the process. Each stage consists of several Steps; each step is then composed of several Phases; all are labeled (for example, PLAN-01, PLAN-02, etc). Each phase has several Action Items associated with it, which in turn have several Supporting Actions. Collectively, these are all the actions and activities that would be included in an ideal EOP (see Figure 7). The Full Emergency Response Require- ments Matrix includes columns where the agency can note the status as not started, in progress, or completed. This is the most detailed approach to self-assessment. These requirements are drawn from several sources, notably from NIMS. It Stage: Plan Prepare Respond Recover is unlikely that any agency is fully compliant with all of these; however, agen- cies should give priority to those derived from NIMS, which are indicated by Step text enclosed between two single stars (*___*) in the matrix. Text between two Phase sets of stars (**___**) is suggested by the NUG; these should be high-priority Action Item actions as well. FEMA also has a compliance process that applies primarily to the State EOP. Supporting Action The current version is accessible on the FEMA website (FEMA-Compliance, Figure 7. Actions and activities to be 2009). Here, states can record their compliance using an online tool called included in an ideal emergency NIMSCAST (National Incident Management System Capability Assessment operations plan. Support Tool), which is generally exercised by the State EMA (NIMSCAST, 2008). 22