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September 14, 2016

By Melissa Otero | Harkcon's Program Manager 

ICS can be used during out of the ordinary incidents that may require a response; during critical incidents or disruptive events within your organization; and during pre-planned events that require an organized response from your organization. ICS can also be used during large incidents near your organization that will require a response from your organization and during incidents when you will provide logistical support to a larger organization.

So the big question is, “Where do you use ICS?” ICS can be used on critical incidents or disruptive events within your organization.  ICS can essentially be used anywhere and anytime.  To be successful, the key to remember is that ICS needs to be part of daily operations.  ICS principles can be used when you have the need for a planned event or response, whether it is in response to an incident or a coordinated system of organizing business events. 

Anytime you need to...

September 8, 2016

By Melissa Otero | Harkcon's Program Manager 

The Incident Command System, or ICS, is a model that is used widely throughout the United States.  ICS can be found in the National Response Framework and it is essentially the foundation to the National Incident Management System, or NIMS.  The ICS is the Command and Control part of the NIMS plan.  The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was devised as the ultimate model for how our country would respond to emergencies. 

ICS is also listed in government directives, such as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 & 8 (HSPD-5 & 8). Primarily, ICS is the model tool for command, control, and coordination. 

ICS was developed in the 1970s in response to a series of major wild fires in southern California.  At that time, local, State and federal firefighting organizations decided that, due to the large loss of life, injuries and property loss, that there had to be a better way to fight these fires.  ICS is a...

August 25, 2016

By Melissa Otero | Harkcon's Program Manager 

A hurricane moves through your town and your place of business is devastated!  How do you ensure the safety of your employees?  How do you quickly and effectively seek help from local, state, and perhaps even Federal authorities?  As you respond to the crisis, how do you prevent the following from occurring? 

  • Too many people reporting to one person

  • Too many bosses

  • Daily organization structure unable to adapt quickly to emergency response needs

  • Little or no “timely” information

  • Not sure what your short-term goals were

  • No coordination with local, state, and perhaps even Federal authorities as well as other local businesses 

Have you thought about what the consequences might be if you have too many people reporting to one person? Answers may range from losing valuable information, increased stress for everyone, or possibly overwhelming the person who is receiving the reported information. O...

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