Decision Support Tools in Hurricane Planning

This information paper is focused on the use of decision support tools in hurricane planning.  A key concept introduced is the creation of a new preparedness norm, addressing not simply one hurricane event, but the need to prepare for and reconstitute quickly in the face of simultaneous and sequential hazards. The Synchronization Matrix, the Decision Support Template, and the Hurricane Campaign Plan are three specific decision support tools used in the conduct of operations to prepare, respond, and recover from hurricanes and other associated hazards. These decision support tools have proven to be of high value in crisis action planning, resulting in timely and informed decisions that harmonize capabilities and contribute to the efficient allocation of resources.