Incident Command System for expanding incidents ICS 300

ICS Information and Training

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group works in coordination with emergency services including local Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. All of these agencies have adopted the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMMS) which incorporates the Incident Command System (ICS). Below are some generic charts on how incidents may be set up. The Animal Branch is in gray. As the three examples show, the organization may be expanded or collapsed depending upon the size of the incident: ICS Titles

If the incident grows and you have more than one Shelter or Evacuation Group, you will need to expand the ICS Matrix. As long as the Span of Control remains 5 or less for the Animal Branch Director to supervise, the following ICS Matrix will work: Expanded ICS

If the incident stills continue to grow and the Span of Control is too much for the Animal Branch Director, you may assign Deputy Branch Directors to help share the load: Expanded ICS Deputy Branch Directors

The Incident Command System has been described as “part science, part art”. The above examples are just guides. Work within the system to find an organization that will work best for your particular incident.

Again, it’s part science, part art and no incident will be exactly the same.  What’s important is that everyone understands that there IS a chain of command, and that they know and use the chain of command.

ICS Training

Self Study, Incident Command System.  ICS (incident Command System) courses are identified as “IS” in the FEMA course directory.

ICS 200: Basic Incident Command System

ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System – this is an advanced course taught in-person once a year. Watch for it!

ICS 700b: National Incident Management System

ICS 800: National Response Plan (NRP)

* Great FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Program (ISP) Courses

IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness

IS-42 Social Media in Emergency Management

IS 244-B Developing and Managing Volunteers

IS-10.A: Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness

IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning