In your ARES planning have you reviewed the five pillars of emergency management to see how you plans fit in ?   The five pillars are

PREVENTION – what can be done to prevent an event

MITIGATION –  what can be done to reduce the effect of an event

PREPAREDNESS- what have you done to ensure an effective response

RESPONSE- actions taken  as a result of an event

RECOVERY- clean up after the event

All five of these pillars can be used in your planning. Have you thought about andused them ?