[20 Test Answers] FEMA IS-552: The Public Works Role in Emergency Management

Here are the FEMA test answers to IS-552: The Public Works Role in Emergency Management.

Overview: The FEMA IS-552 course was published on 10/2/2015 to provide an introduction to the role of Public Works departments in community emergency management. The training is intended to help communities improve their emergency management efforts regarding the functions of public works agencies prior to, during, and after disasters.

Primary audience: FEMA IS-553 course is for public works professionals, urban planners, local government officials, and elected officials.

FEMA IS-552 test answers

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Question 1. Choose the best phrase to complete the following statement:
Public works professionals can help justify expenses for cost reimbursements and improve after-action analysis of the event through effective _______.
A. characterization
B. mitigation✅
C. documentation
D. delegation

Question 2. Which of the following is an example of a non-structural public works mitigation activity? 
A. Building code revision✅
B. Retention ponds
C. Relocation of facilities
D. Seismic retrofitting

Question 3. Which one of the following choices is a question about a resource need that public works must take into account when developing administrative policies and processes for emergency management? 
A. What traffic routes will be used in the event that an evacuation is required?
B. Is permission required to enter private property during an emergency?✅
C. What are the established protocols for disseminating public information?
D. Have mutual aid agreements been established with other communities?

Question 4. Which one of the following is the best example of how public works professionals can contribute to emergency prevention through effective communication? 
A. Ensure that communication equipment is interoperable with that of other agencies
B. Acquire historical damage assessment information for use by the emergency manager
C. Keep local, state, and federal agencies informed about debris management efforts✅
D. Communicate changes to household garbage collection schedules to the public

Question 5. Which of the following choices is a disaster assistance program authorized by the Stafford Act that provides low-interest loans, temporary housing assistance, crisis counseling, and other benefits to disaster survivors? 
A. Homeland Security Grant
B. Public Assistance✅
C. Individual Assistance
D. Hazard Mitigation

Question 6. During which phase of emergency management do public works professionals clear roadways, assess initial damage, and manage emergency traffic? 
A. Response✅
B. Prevention
C. Recovery
D. Mitigation
E. Preparedness

Question 7. Which one of the following statements is NOT a good method for ensuring effective administrative practices for emergency management? 
A. Seek legal advice in the development of plans, procedures, and policies
B. Institute local funding mechanisms to supplement federal funds✅
C. Use prearranged contracts or agreements for the procurement of resources
D. Establish mutual aid agreements only with surrounding communities

Question 8. Which statement best describes the function of a Joint Information Center? 
A. Provides information related to the incident and the functions of government as well as other matters of general interest both internally and externally
B. Verifies the accuracy of all information prior to release and monitors media reports to provide correction as needed
C. Provides an environment and a central location from which the other components of the public information program can function
D. Establishes a method of operating during an incident that allows for coordinated information and integrated messages✅

Question 9. True or False: The general public is less likely to panic if they are not given much information about an emergency. 
A. True
B. False✅

Question 10. Which of the following statements best describes the first priority of public works during the initial response? 
A. Review reports and other data to provide a preliminary damage assessment
B. Provide an initial assessment of the damages to all community services✅
C. Restore solid waste management services, repair facilities, and clear streets
D. Assist with life safety activity by providing equipment and technical expertise

Question 11. During which step of the emergency planning process should communities begin to engage the whole community in planning? 
A. Determine goals and objectives
B. Develop the plan
C. Understand the situation
D. Form a collaborative planning team✅

Question 12. Which one of the following statements best describes the purpose of the after-action review? 
A. To evaluate emergency response personnel as part of their performance reviews
B. To determine what went wrong and the individuals who were responsible
C. To identify strengths of an emergency plan and areas for future improvements✅
D. To identify personnel who should be commended for their response actions

Question 13. True or False: The NIMS provides the template for incident management, and the NRF provides structure and mechanisms for unified incident response. 
A. True✅
B. False

Question 14. Which choice lists a task performed by Emergency Support Function (ESF) #3, Public Works and Engineering? 
A. Providing national incident logistics planning, management, and sustainment capability
B. Providing natural and cultural resources and historical properties protection
C. Providing emergency repair of damaged public infrastructure and critical facilities✅
D. Coordinating with telecommunications and information technology industries

Question 15. Which one of the following statements is NOT a way in which the public works professional can help to ensure that NIMS is incorporated at the local level? 
A. Complete the required NIMS training and promote training for others.
B. Review NIMS updates on a regular basis.
C. Develop public works code words for use during incident response.✅
D. Integrate NIMS into all emergency management plans.

Question 16. True or False: Mitigation funds are often allocated for public infrastructure and facilities improvements because they support the community’s priority to protect its citizens. 
A. True✅
B. False

Question 17. After-action analysis for the I-35W Mississippi Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis indicated that a primary reason for the successful response was the city’s linked 800 MHz communication system. However, the Department of Public Works (DPW) was not tied into the 800 MHz system. Instead, they were using push-to-talk phones and cell phones. The property shop manager obtained some hand-held radios for the DPW operations center and Command Post, which was separate from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) due to space constraints, but public works employees were unfamiliar with how to operate the radios in the 800 MHz system.

Based on this information, which of the following choices provides the best recommendation for the PWD to ensure a coordinated response in the next emergency?
A. Acquire interoperable radios and provide training on how to use the 800 MHz system✅
B. Build a new EOC that will accommodate all agencies using the 800 MHz system
C. Acquire new radios that are interoperable with other agencies in the 800 MHz system
D. Provide training on how to use the borrowed hand-held radios in the 800 MHz system

Question 18. Which of the following choices is generally the top priority for the restoration of essential services in a community? 
A. Residential areas✅
B. Local industries
C. Local businesses
D. Critical facilities

Question 19. Which one of the following statements best describes the role of the local government in emergency management?
The local government…
A. Transfers command to the state 72 hours after an incident occurs.
B. Can request aid directly from the federal government.
C. Is responsible for managing an incident from beginning to end.
D. Coordinates resources with other states through EMACs.✅

Question 20. Which one of the following statements best describes the function of the Incident Annexes available from the National Response Framework (NRF) Resource Center? 
A. They describe how various organizations coordinate and execute common processes.
B. They describe the concept of operations to address specific situations.✅
C. They are overarching in nature and applicable to nearly every type of incident.
D. They provide the structure for coordinating federal interagency support.