Plans and Planning Resources

State of Hawaii Emergency Operations Plan (HI-EOP) and Annexes



The HI-EOP establishes the shared framework for the state’s response to, and initial recovery from emergencies and disasters.

It outlines the state’s hazard vulnerabilities and planning assumptions, and establishes the authorities, responsibilities, operational priorities and general strategies for state emergency operations that apply regardless of the specific type of emergency or disaster.






State agencies responsible for providing emergency assistance are organized into 16 functional groups called State Emergency Support Functions (SESF).  Each SESF has an Annex that defines the SESF purpose and scope, identifies agencies assigned to the SESF and establishes their roles and responsibilities.  *SESF Annexes are being updated.


  1Transportation     9Search & Rescue
  2Communications     10Oil & HAZMAT Response
  3Public Works and Engineering     11 – Agriculture & Natural Resources
  4 Firefighting     12Energy
  5Information & Planning     13Public Safety & Security
  6Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing & Human Services     15External Affairs
  7Logistics Management & Resource Support     16Finance
  8Public Health & Medical Services   20Military Support


Support Annexes address commonly required emergency functions that do not fall within the scope of the SESFs. Support Annexes are not incident-specific and are intended to be applicable to incidents of all types.  *Currently available Support Annexes are listed below. Additional Support Annexes are being developed.*

Air Coordination AnnexDecember 2017



While the HI-EOP is an all-hazards plan, some incident types warrant additional attention based on the level of risk they present, unique planning requirements or regulations involved.  Incident Annexes are provided for those hazards that require special consideration.

*Incident Annexes are currently being updated*


Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Plan

The 2015 Hawaiʻi Catastrophic Hurricane Plan/FEMA Region IX Hawaiʻi outlines scalable and coordinated strategies to execute a joint state and federal response to catastrophic damage before, during, and following the event.

This document is the result of two years of collaborative, whole community planning for a catastrophic hurricane by county and state governments, the federal government, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector partners.





State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)

The SHMP identifies the major natural hazards that affect our state, assesses the risk that each hazard poses, analyzes the vulnerability of our people, property and infrastructure to the specific hazard, and recommends actions that can be taken to reduce the risk and vulnerability to the hazard.

The plan also contains a description of programs, policy, statues and regulations applicable to hazard mitigation.





Training and Exercise Plan (TEP)

The TEP is updated annually.  It is the product of the Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW), which is hosted by HI-EMA and attended by stakeholders from all levels of government, the non-profit and private sectors. The TEP is informed by the input provided by this diverse group of agencies and is the roadmap for Hawaii to accomplish the priorities described within this document.






Planning Resources for State Departments

Department Emergency Operations Plan Template

Each state department is required to have a Department Emergency Operations Plan that is consistent with the state plan.  Use this planning template to help you develop your department’s plan.








Department Operations Center (DOC) Planning Guidance and Resources

Every state department should have a DOC, which is the location where their key personnel will gather in an emergency to coordinate support requested by the State Emergency Operations Center, and to address impacts to critical agency functions.

This document provides guidance on supplies and back-up communications assets a DOC should be equipped with and contains templates that can be used to organize operations when the DOC is activated.




About Emergency Management Officers (EMOs) and State Emergency Support Function (SESF) Representatives

All state departments are required to appoint a primary EMO and two alternates.  Departments must also provide separate points of contact for each SESF the department is assigned to support.  This document describes the responsibilities of these positions and provides guidance on selecting personnel.




Planning Resources for Counties

State of Hawaii Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Planning and Operational Guidelines

This document establishes statewide guidelines and best practices for hurricane evacuation shelter planning and operations that can assist the development of county plans.

Download Guidelines

Attachment 1: County Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Plan Template

Attachment 2: State of Hawaii Structural Guidelines for Hurricane Evacuation Shelters

Attachment 3: Hurricane Evacuation Survey Form [Non-Structural]

Attachment 4: Memorandum of Understanding Between HI-EMA and the Hawaii Association of Animal Welfare Agencies