There are two important things about a plan: The first is to have one. The second is to not take it too seriously.
Now please don’t misunderstand me here. Planning is crucial. It’s plans we need to view with a bit of healthy skepticism. We’ve had a lot of trouble over the years, and I fear especially lately, with the misconception that the plan itself is the important deliverable from planning.
Experienced emergency managers know that those documents are, at best, a side effect of the communication, collaboration and focused attention among stakeholders that is the planning process.