Tools and Templates

FEMA Logistics offers a wide variety of tools and templates to assist FEMA Regions, Federal Partners and SLTTs in improving emergency management response and logistics capabilities. The following tools and templates are available and recommended:

  • Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
    Identifying and assessing risk is integral to both strategic and operational planning. The results of a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) and any other risk assessment should be used as a key input in an organization’s planning process.
  • Logistics Capability Assessment Tool Guide
    The Logistics Capability Assessment Tool (LCAT) was created to help states conduct self-assessments to determine their readiness to respond to disasters. The LCAT focuses on the five state and local emergency management agencies’ core logistics functional areas: logistics planning, logistics operations, distribution management, property management, and organizational functions.
  • Incident Stabilization Guide
    The FEMA Incident Stabilization Guide (ISG) describes how FEMA implements lifelines and guides how FEMA applies these concepts to disaster operations.
  • FEMA Geospatial Resource Center
    FEMA GIS supports the emergency management community with world-class geospatial information, services, and technologies to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate against all hazards. Select products of interest to logistics management include:
  • National Resource Hub
    The National Resource Hub is a suite of web-based tools that support a consistent approach for the resource management preparedness process.
  • NIMS Resource Typing and the Resource Typing Library Tool

    Resource typing is defining and categorizing, by capability, the resources requested, deployed, and used in incidents. Resource typing definitions establish a common language and define a resource’s minimum criteria and capabilities.

    NIMS resource typing includes resource typing definitions for equipment, teams, and facilities in addition to job titles/position qualification sheets and Position Task Book (PTB) templates for personnel. Resource typing enables communities to consistently inventory, plan, make resource requests, and have confidence that the resources they receive have the capabilities they requested. 

  • AMVA Pet Ownership Statistics
    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) provides pet ownership statistics and formulas that can be used to estimate the number of pet-owning households and pet populations in a community.
  • WHO Estimating Disaster Water Requirements 
    The World Health Organization (WHO) provides guidance on how to estimate water requirements in support of disasters and crises.
  • Community Lifeline Toolkit
    FEMA created Community Lifelines to reframe incident information, understand and communicate incident impacts using plain language, and promote unity of effort across the whole community to prioritize efforts to stabilize the lifelines during incident response.
  • Supply Chain Resilience Guide
    The most effective way to deliver the needed supplies to a disaster-impacted area is by re-establishing pre-disaster supply chains. Building resilience within, and providing for the rapid restoration of, supply chain systems is key to responding to any catastrophic incident. 

    This document provides emergency managers with recommendations on how to analyze supply chains and to work with the private sector to enhance supply chain resilience in support of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans. 2 This document also identifies how the results of the supply chain resilience process can inform logistics planning.
  • Distribution Management Plan Guide
    This guide provides information on the intent of the new requirement, how to develop a Distribution Management Plan, key components of Distribution Management Plans, how to review and update a Distribution Management Plan, and how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviews and evaluates Distribution Management Plans.
  • ESF-14 Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex to the National Response Framework
    Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 supports the coordination of cross-sector operations, including stabilization of key supply chains and community lifelines, among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and their government partners. ESF #14 is complementary to the Sector-Specific Agencies (SSA) and other ESFs and is a mechanism for entities that are not aligned to an ESF or have other means of coordination. Critical infrastructure sectors currently aligned to another ESF will continue to use that ESF as their primary interface.
  • National Business Emergency Operations Center
    The National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) is FEMA's virtual clearinghouse to enhance information sharing between private industry partners and public agencies — including FEMA — before, during, and after disasters.
  • FEMA Grants
    Grant funds are available for pre and post-emergency or disaster-related projects. These funds support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research and many other programs. Grants are the principal funding mechanism FEMA uses to commit and award federal funding to eligible state, local, tribal, territorial, certain private non-profits, individuals and institutions of higher learning.
  • DHS Protective Security Advisors
    Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts who facilitate local field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices. They also advise and assist state, local, and private sector officials and critical infrastructure facility owners and operators.
  • Commonly Used Sheltering Items & Services List Catalog
  • Overview on FEMA's Logistics Management Directorate
    The Logistics Management Directorate is FEMA’s major program office responsible for policy, guidance, standards, execution and governance of logistics support, services and operations. LMD’s mission is to provide an efficient, transparent and flexible logistics capability for the procurement and delivery of goods and services necessary for an effective and timely response to disasters.
  • L-8540 - Basic Interagency Logistics Seminar at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
    The goal of the seminar is to familiarize students with the logistics planning considerations for all hazards response activities for Federal, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other partners which provide Logistics support in accordance with the ‘Whole Community’ concept set forth in Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8, dated March 2011.
  • IS-26: Guide to Points of Distribution through EMI
    This guide was developed to support the Points of Distribution (POD) overview video and provide an in-depth look into the planning, operations, and demobilization stages of a POD mission. The lessons detail the staffing and procedures any state will need to plan for, execute, and shut down POD operations.