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terrorist attacks that necessitated almost every single agency, including the private sector to work together.
The Goals and Purposes of ICS
The ICS was designed to:1.
Provide a means of dealing with any incident regardless of the type and size of theincident.2.
Allow various agencies to work together effectively3.
Provide the logistics and administrative support needed4.
Provide the most cost effective means of dealing with the incident(s)
How ICS goes about attaining their goal
ICS seeks to provide a comprehensive and functional program by following these 14management characteristics:1.
- Ban all agency specific codes or jargon. These have been replacedwith cross-departmental and cross-agency words, functions and titles. This commonterminology applies to organizational functions, resources, facilities and titles.2.
- Create a modular approach to the organization of the personnel on site.This modular approach allows for flexibility. As the complexity of the incident increases,the organization expands from the top down.3.
Manage by objectives
– A step by step procedural approach allows all on-site personnelto share goals and objectives. This is done by…
Establishing overarching incident objectives.b.
Developing strategies based on overarching incident objectives.c.
Developing and issuing assignments, plans, procedures, and protocols.d.
Establishing specific, measurable tactics or tasks for various incident management functional activities, and directing efforts to accomplish them, insupport of defined strategies.e.
Documenting results to measure performance and facilitate corrective actions.
Incident Action Planning
(IAP) – The IAP may be written or oral. It must contain theobjectives and direction. The purpose of the IAP is to clearly communicate the directionand goals to all personnel involved in the management of the incident.
Taken from the ICS Management Characteristics page of the FEMA website athttp://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/ICSpopup.htm#item3