The incident command 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...

The incident command 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.

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The Incident Command System is the core for providing integrated responses and communication in event of an emergency incident. This is why it is named a "command" system. Central commands that coordinate and integrate "facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications" are issued from ICS. ICS coordinates responses among public and private sectors in a "judicious" manner that overrides any possibility of haphazard response. In addition, ICS coordinates the "planning and management" of emergency resources that will be needed and distributed in judicious coordinated responses.

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