Incident Management Handbook
The Response Group’s (TRG) Incident Management Handbook is based on best practices of U. S. government agencies, e.g., U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and international organizations, e.g., International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA). It has been developed to assist first responders and incident management personnel in the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) during response operations and planned events. The Incident Management Handbook is an easy reference job aid for responders. It is not a policy document, but rather guidance for response personnel.
This Incident Management Handbook (IMH) was created incorporating core references and uses the ICS and world-wide Incident Management System (IMS) to exemplify widely accepted and practiced response management concepts which can be readily applied to a range of response situations and organizational emergency management structures.
This user friendly handbook is organized in a logical sequence from the initial response to managing ongoing incidents. The content is broken down into the following sections:
- Planning Cycle Process - Initial Response Phase
- Planning Cycle Process - Proactive Phase
- ICS Organization, Common and Leadership Responsibilities, Position Transitions and a guideline for understanding the Deputy vs Assistant.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Guidance Documents to assist with ICS processes
- Complex Incidents section to assist with organizing and setting up Branch
- Planning and Area Commands
- Acronyms, ICS Forms, Conversion Tables, & Notes
Each section provides straight forward checklists, charts, diagrams, and pictures in a quickly accessible format to allow the user a quick reference guide. Each work period is laid out in a logical sequence to ensure each position understands their assignments and each planning cycle meeting includes an overview, documents to review, critical outcomes, meeting agenda, guide to display information and deliverables required. The meeting facilitator can effectively manage each meeting by using the facilitation checklist that identifies speaking points of each agenda item. A great tool for the Planning Section Chief!
Our IMH is essential for incident management personnel for any government agency or private organization. Responders should have a basic understanding of the ICS and IMS to ensure they can operate effectively within an Incident Command System organization and use this Incident Management Handbook properly.
This document is intended to provide operational guidance to responding personnel and is not intended to, nor does it, impose legally-binding requirements on any party outside of The Response Group.