4.3 Airport Emergency Plans

A comprehensive emergency plan can be invaluable in minimizing the loss of life and property for airports of all sizes. Emergency planning should include mutual aid agreements and familiarizing first responders with the airport and the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Emergency exercises are required for Class I Part 139 airports but may be conducted at other airports as part of emergency preparedness. Post-recovery is an important part of emergency planning.

ACRP Report 88: Guidebook on Integrating GIS in Emergency Management at Airports
Guidance designed to help airports identify needs and assess current capabilities with respect to using geographical information systems (GISs) in emergency management.  The report discusses GIS and emergency management and provides a roadmap for airports to move from their current state of GIS implementation (even if they do not yet have any form of GIS) to the point of integrating GIS into emergency management and coordinating with mutual aid partners.

ACRP Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Risk Assessment for Airports
Provides guidance for practitioners to understand the specific impacts climate change may have on their airports. The guidebook may help practitioners develop adaptation actions and incorporate those actions into the airport’s planning processes.

ACRP Synthesis 33: Airport Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Reviews the range of risks to airports from projected climate change and the emerging approaches for handling them.

ACRP Synthesis 45: Model Mutual Aid Agreement for Airports
Presents information on mutual aid agreements, addressing nearly every type of emergency that could affect airports and require outside resources. The report is designed to assist airport operators in creating and sustaining effective emergency management mutual aid partnerships by documenting the specifics of existing agreements.

ACRP Synthesis 60: Airport Emergency Post-Event Recovery Practices
Explores approaches to improving the overall resiliency of airports through planning for the recovery phase of emergency response

ACRP Synthesis 72: Tabletop and Full-Scale Emergency Exercises for General Aviation, Non-Hub, and Small Hub Airports
Provides small airports with the tools and practices needed to practice emergency response. The synthesis provides sample exercise tools and plans, a checklist of effective practices for tabletop and full-scale emergency exercises, and a roadmap for developing an effective exercise program.

ACRP Synthesis 73: Emergency Communications Planning for Airports
Explores emergency communications planning and is specifically designed for use by airport senior management, public information officers, and first responders and emergency managers. The report includes sample communication plan tables of contents, field operations guides, and a checklist of effective communications plans

FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-31: Airport Emergency Plan
Provides guidance to the airport operator in the development and implementation of an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP). The AEP addresses essential emergency-related and deliberate actions planned to ensure the safety of and emergency services for the airport populace and the community in which the airport is located.

FAA Great Lakes Region Airport Emergency Plan Checklist
FAA Great Lakes Region checklist to assist airports in the development of an airport emergency plan.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Courses
Provides access to Emergency Management Institute training, exercise, and education.

FEMA National Incident Management System
Provides information on the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS is intended to be used by the whole community—individuals; families; neighborhoods; the private and nonprofit sectors; faith-based organizations; and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and federal governments.

NTSB “Responding to a Transportation Accident” Brochure
Explains how law enforcement and public safety personnel can support the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during the on-scene phase of an accident.

NTSB Training Center Courses
Provides information on courses offered by the NTSB that may be of interest to first responders.

FAR §139.325: Airport Emergency Plan
Prescribes the contents of the airport emergency plan.