What Is “ICS” And Why Does Our School Need One?
“ICS” stands for Incident Command System. The concept of an “Incident Command System” was developed by the U.S. Government in the 1970’s in the aftermath of a number of devastating fires in California. Post-incident investigators discovered to their surprise that resulting deaths, injuries and financial loss were rarely attributable to lack of resources or tactical failures, but more often to “inadequate management.”
What It Is
“Incident Command System” (“ICS”) is a management system that integrates resources in a common organizational structure to facilitate effective and efficient incident management.
A fundamental feature of ICS is its ability to apply to a wide spectrum of incidents—near-term, long-term; simple, complex; small, large; emergency, non-emergency; manmade, natural. ICS can be used by all levels of governmental, non-governmental, and private sector organizations. ICS Represents “best practices” and has become the “standard for emergency management across the country.” It is a key feature of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The critical component of ICS is “interoperable communications”—the ability to manage information and intelligence between those involved in an incident and the various responding agencies.
Why Our School Needs One
- An Incident Command System for Schools provides “interoperability”—i.e., integrated communications between teachers, administrators and emergency services.
- An Incident Command System for Schools provides immediate access to emergency information and protocols.
- An Incident Command System for Schools provides a means for accounting for students across all channels of communication, in live time, as an incident unfolds.
If your school is interested in adopting “best practices” for emergency preparedness, your school needs an Incident Command System.
If your school is interested in simply meeting the “standard for emergency management” in the U.S., your school needs an Incident Command System.
It is as simple as that.