Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms—a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire, a hazardous spill, or an act of terrorism. An incident can build over days or weeks, or hit suddenly without warning. ICS is the national standard for response.
The Incident Command System (ICS) helps ensure integration of our response efforts. ICS is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards approach to incident management. ICS allows responders to adopt an integrated organizational structure that matches the complexities and demands of the incident while respecting agency and jurisdictional authorities.
A poorly managed incident response can undermine our safety and well-being. With so much at stake, we must effectively manage our response efforts. Although most incidents are handled locally, partnerships among Local, Tribal, State, and Federal agencies as well as nongovernmental and private-sector organizations may be required. As partners, we must respond together in a seamless, coordinated fashion.
Every profession is made up of tools and ways to use them. The same is true for the ICS. This means that there is an art to how tools are used to make them the most effective. The better someone understands how the tools and methods interact with each other, the greater that person’s potential for making the ART of emergency management work smoothly. By having responders who use a common methodology across the whole spectrum of the response community the opportunity for similar efficiencies in application of the tools (the art) becomes a collective efficiency.
The ICS SMARTbook provides a detailed explanation of ICS as outlined in FEMA Emergency Management courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 703, and 800; including 2015 updates. It is designed to serve as an introduction to ICS concepts, methods, and organization, as a pocket reference for experienced responders, or as a desk reference for emergency planners, community leaders, or any responder involved in the Multiagency Coordination process.
Incident Command System chapters and topics include ICS Purpose, Features and Principles; ICS Command and Staff Functions; ICS Leadership and Management; ICS Dealing with Complexity; ICS Planning; ICS Briefings and Meetings; ICS Organizational Flexibility; ICS Incident and Event Management; ICS Resource Management; ICS Resource Management Process; ICS Demobilization; ICS Terms and Definitions; and ICS Forms.
Recognized as a “whole of government” doctrinal reference standard by military, national security and government professionals around the world, SMARTbooks comprise a comprehensive professional library designed for all levels of Service.
SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during operations, as lesson plans in support of training exercises, and as study guides at military education and professional development courses.
The SMARTbook series of references are carried at virtually every Army and Air Force base around the world and have spanned the globe with more than 500,000 copies sold.
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