Incident control system (ICS) and National Incident management system (NIMS) The incident control system (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) are the baseline for responding to natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. Identify and discuss six key components of these systems. Give your opinion on their effectiveness.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

One vital part of both systems is Common Terminology, or the creation of a common set of terms for incidents, supplies, and orders. Because of the many different agencies reacting to disasters, it is possible to make mistakes in communication because every agency has its own local terminology; by creating a standard set of terms that everyone understands, response is faster, more efficient, and easier.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Whilst there is a definite issue in terms of the budget of individual agencies, we must see at the same time it is far more practical for agencies to loan out certain items that they may only need occasionally than to have to meet the cost of buying it themselves and paying for its maintenance and upkeep. This is one way of helping to increase the effectiveness of groups that work for our safety.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
I think that the ICS is in many ways an effective system, because it standardizes communication and information exchange procedures. Agencies can loan equipment and personnel more easily then. However, the problem I see is that local agencies may not have the budgets to fully comply with or take advantage of the system. It's fine to require such things, but if the technology and resources are not there, we really can't take advantage of it.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial