Emergency Action Plan

Every Foreign Service post is required to have an operative Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with procedures in place to respond to emergencies such as natural disasters, civil unrest, a pandemic, or mass casualties. The Post EAP is a living document, updated on a continuous basis and comprehensively reviewed once a year. Diplomatic missions are also required to run mock emergency training drills (usually an intense two-day session every two years) to test their capabilities and the relevance of their EAPs.