On May 7, 2019, the FEMA National Integration Center released the Senior Leader Toolkit, a resource that both emergency management and senior leaders can use to discuss roles and responsibilities during incidents.
Senior leaders and policy makers play a critical role in incident management. This role varies widely across the nation according to local laws and authorities. Stakeholders have asked for assistance developing materials for their senior leaders; however, FEMA understands that local personnel best understand the specific roles and responsibilities within their jurisdiction. For this reason, FEMA is releasing these documents as customizable templates, so that local emergency managers can revise them according to their local authorities and procedures. The templates in the toolkit include an Elected Officials/Senior Executives Quick Reference Guide, a Department Head Quick Reference Guide, and a NIMS Senior Leader Briefing Template (PowerPoint). The toolkit documents are available on the FEMA website at www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system