2020 Self-Evaluation

The annual National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System (the System) Task Force Self-Evaluation process is a program management tool developed to assist the System’s 28 task forces and the US&R Branch with analyzing capability and improving the System. The Self-Evaluation is a critical component of the System’s overall Readiness Assessment Program (RAP).

The 2020 Self-Evaluation process will focus on five areas; task force general information, Operations Readiness, Logistics Readiness, Management Readiness, and validation of compliance with the 2016 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) US&R Standard. 

A Self-Evaluation is required to be submitted by each task force to the US&R Branch annually and is the basis for any scheduled on-site and/or virtual Administrative Readiness Evaluations conducted.  The 2020 Task Force Readiness Self-Evaluation Process will be accomplished using the online process described below.


This issue is approved for FEMA National US&R Response System implementation.

  • Per the FY2020 US&R Readiness Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement (Grant Guidance) Appendix A, Section IX.C.1, the Self-Evaluation items shall be submitted online to the US&R Branch by the Task Force Representative (TFR) no later than February 26, 2021.

  • Each task force’s TFR shall ensure an immediate assessment of their task force is conducted based on the 15 evaluation elements in the three categories of Operations, Logistics and Management following the 2020 Task Force Self-Evaluation instructions. TFRs or Program Managers (PM) will also complete the validation checks in each section of Operations, Logistics and Management.

  • The self-evaluation documents consist of the 1) Self-Evaluation Form, 2) FEMA Form 089-0-14 Self Evaluation Scoresheet, and 3) US&R Task Force Training and Exercise Planning calendar (TEP). These documents are attached and located on Quick Links Tab of ResponseSystem.org – 2020 Self-Evaluation Process.  

  • https://www.responsesystem.org

  • Final scoring from the three annexes shall be entered on the FEMA 2020 Self-Evaluation Score Sheet, with validation checks completed for each section.  

  • Develop and submit a three-year Training Evaluation Plan (TEP) Calendar as outlined in PD 2014-016.  The TEP is for the years 2021-2023.

  • TFRs or PM’s shall submit the completed 2020 Self-Evaluation package to the US&R Branch using the following online process:

  • Save all documents by naming them with the task force designator and file name (example: UT-TF1 2020 Self -Evaluation Form.pdf, UT-TF1 2020 Scoresheet.xls, and UT-TF1 2020 TEP.xls)

  • To submit your 2020 self-evaluation documents: The link to submit the documents is located on ResponseSystem.org under the Advisory Organization / 2020 Self Evaluation Tabs / 2020 Self-Evaluation Upload Link.

  • Complete the basic task force information, and attach the individual completed 2020 Task Force Readiness Self-Evaluation package items to their individual upload links with the upload portal.

  • When the 2020 Self-Evaluation package has been received, the TFR or PM will receive an email confirming that the package has been received to the email address provided in the submission form.

  • Please keep all documents and the confirmation email for task force records.

All 2020 Task Force Readiness Self-Evaluations should be completed and submitted as soon as possible, but no later than COB Friday, February 26, 2021.

Any questions related to the 2020 Task Force Readiness Self-Evaluation should be directed to: Parry Boogard at: parry.boogardjr@fema.dhs.gov  or (202) 664-0647.