The world of incident management is foggy at best. There are rules, sometimes. There is some valuable training, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to all circumstances or environments. There are national models, a few of them in fact, which makes them models, not standards. Incident management is not as straight forward as some may think. … Continue reading EOCs and IMTs
I recently finished reading Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The General tells of the new perspective and strategy he needed to employ to better manage the Joint Special Operations Task Force in the 2000s hunting down Al Qaeda insurgents. The Task Force was being out paced by a decentralized organization with all the … Continue reading A Re-Framing of Incident Management Structures
Yesterday FEMA’s National Integration Center distributed notice of a national engagement period on two new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) related documents: EOC References and Resources Tool and the EOC How-To Quick Reference Guide. This seems to be the initiation of an EOC Toolkit, which I conceptually think is a great idea. My first impression of … Continue reading EOC Toolkit: National Comment Period
Planning, training, and exercises, as the foundational activities of preparedness, shouldn’t be stopping because of the pandemic. Preparedness is an ongoing activity which needs to forge ahead with little disruption – and there is always plenty to do! What must we do, though, to accommodate necessary precautions in the age of the Pandemic? Let’s talk … Continue reading Preparedness in the Pandemic Age
EOCs can do more than just coordinate. Let’s talk about EOC mission planning.
An updated NIMS Training Program has been released, but does it provide a vision for incident management training?
One of my Twitter connections tweeted over the weekend about the importance of the Safety Officer in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the pandemic response. This is absolutely true, but it’s not the only time the EOC Safety Officer should be engaged. There is a significant role for them in many EOC activations, but … Continue reading Properly Leveraging the EOC Safety Officer
It’s sad to say that in the past four and a half years of stumping for changes in ICS training, we have seen little progress. I was recently sent a response org chart developed by an agency that completely tore apart ICS and rebuilt it in a fundamentally different image. ICS is a standard. It … Continue reading ICS Training Sucks: A Revival
FEMA recently released a draft Operational Period Shift Brief Template for EOCs, open to public comment. The document is fine, though there was one glaring issue… it assumes an ICS-based model is in use in the EOC. With the release of the NIMS refresh, we were given some ‘official’ options for EOC management structures. Unfortunately, … Continue reading EOC Management Organization
Yep, I’m still at it. It seems with every post about the condition of Incident Command System training as we know it, I’m able to draw more people into our cause (aka the Crusade). While I’ve never espoused there to be an easy solution, the training that we currently provide for ICS falls well short … Continue reading A New Vision for ICS Training