Imagine that you are a fire service or emergency management administrator, and you notice that one of your employees is making jokes about a serious traumatic incident for which he was on the scene. You realize that his behavior is likely just his way of masking his true feelings about the incident. How would you approach an employee exhibiting this type of behavior?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Incident Action Plan:
Phase 4 This assignment is Phase 4: Prepare and Disseminate the Plan of the IAP. As previously stated, the IAP contains five phases with the final submission due in Unit VIII. See Unit VIII assignment instructions for more details about the final requirements for the IAP. You will complete Phase 4 in this assignment. Refer to the FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide, specifically Phase 4.
For this assignment, you will begin preparing and disseminating the plan of the IAP. Normally, in this phase, the incident commander would delegate planning responsibilities to the primary staff based on the size, scope, and complexity of the incident as well as the particular expertise required, and they would be responsible for completing the appropriate IAP forms and assembling the IAP. However, in this assignment, you will be responsible for the planning responsibilities. The textbook National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice (pp. 261–274) provides a checklist to help in the planning of strategies to achieve incident objectives needed to begin Phase 4. Refer to the appendices listed below.
• Appendix E: Participating in the National Incident Management System: A Checklist for NIMS Implementation
• Appendix F: Planning Responsibilities Checklist
• Appendix G: Summary of Major ICS Positions
• Appendix H: Examples of Resources for Which Typing Has Been Completed
Also in this assignment, you will prepare a well-organized and thoughtful summary/narrative consisting of two sections. The first section will consist of a one-to-two-page narrative for Phase 4 of the IAP. This narrative should expand on what you are learning during Phase 4, so you can understand the issues from the emergency services and emergency management.
Your narrative will replace the face-to-face meeting that normally occurs during an incident. In your narrative (meeting), review the work assignments to determine whether they are complete and whether they support the incident objectives and strategies. Identify any gaps or the duplication of work assignments and resolve any conflicts or coordination issues. In the narrative, make sure resources are identified correctly (resource identifier), and when there are multiple resources of the same kind and type, make certain that there is an individual identifier assigned. Address resources and logistical issues, and identify shortfalls, excesses, safety issues, and the accuracy of the incident map. In this phase, correct any issues that you may have overlooked. Identify any changes to the IAP that you made which would normally have occurred during the planning meeting.
The second section of your summary/narrative will consist of at least two pages in which you will discuss the following information:
• how emergency incidents impact the emotional and physical fitness of emergency management personnel, and
• the definition of a program evaluation and its purpose in NIMS.
At this point, re-check the FEMA-ICS Forms you have completed and submitted, which are listed below.
201: Incident Briefing (Unit III Project)
202: Incident Objectives (Unit IV Project)
215: Operational Planning Worksheet (Unit V Project)
215A: Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis (Unit V Project)
Remember that any feedback from the professor should be corrected on the forms. Any information not provided in the background information, such as agency organization representatives, can be your organization’s personnel or another organization.
For Phase 4, download the ICS Forms listed below from the IAP Assignment Documents folder in the course menu in Blackboard, and enter the data from the background information document and the scenario you chose in Unit III. This information and other resources will enable you to complete Phase 4 of the IAP for submission. Check with your professor if you are having difficulty with any section of the form. The FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide (pp. 30–39) will guide you in completing Phase 4.
For Phase 4, the FEMA-ICS Forms listed below are required to be completed and submitted.
• 204: Assignment List
• 206: Medical Plan
• 207: Incident Organization Chart
• 208: Safety Message/Plan
• 209: Incident Status Summary
• 210: Resource Status Change
To supplement your discussion and support your writing, you should use information from reputable, reliable journal articles, case studies, scholarly papers, and other sources that you feel are pertinent. You should use at least three sources, which can include one or both of your textbooks. All sources used, including the textbooks, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in proper APA style.
Smeby, L. C., Jr. (2014). Fire and emergency services administration: Management and leadership practices (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Walsh, D. W., Christen, H. T., Jr., Callsen, C. E., Jr., Miller, G. T., Maniscalco, P. M., Lord, G. C., & Dolan, N. J. (2012). National incident management system: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Week VI study guide is attached for guidance.
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