By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, Lead Trainer for the CEM® Commission
Last month we discussed the second and third sections of the Implementation standards – Prevention and Mitigation. This month we will describe the fourth and fifth sections of the Implementation standards – Crisis Communications and Public Information, and Warning, Notifications and Communications.
The NFPA® 1600 version 2013 does not specifically define the two standards of Crisis Communications and Public Information and Warning, Notifications and Communications, However, the NFPA 1600 Implementation Guidance defines various aspects separately. They are:
The NFPA® 1600 version 2013 describes two parts to the Crisis Communications and Public Information requirements. They are:
In the United States, these are usually covered by the Public Information Officer and the Joint Information Center, but may also be handled by the Incident Commander and/or the Emergency Operations Center.
The NFPA® 1600 version 2013 describes four parts to the Warning, Notifications and Communications requirements. They are:
Notice that this standard does not define what types of systems should be used. It leaves the decision up to the local entity to decide what works best to meet local needs and laws. Also know that the communications part must be effective for all stakeholders. That means that messages will have to tailored for each audience and that emergency managers need to know the techniques for effective communications overall.
For information and discussion on Implementation (4) Crisis Communications and Public Information and Warning, Notifications and Communications Requirements, refer to the recommended FEMA Independent Study courses and other related references mentioned below.
Do not confuse these general resource requirements with the specific procedures found within your organization. While an emergency manager needs to understand and know local procedures to be effective in the position, those procedures could easily differ from the general procedures discussed in the study references and are not found on the certification exam.
The applicable FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses candidates should review when studying the Implementation Requirements are:
For those taking the U.S. version of the exam, review the following additional references:
Next month we will describe the Operational Procedures and Incident Management sections of the Implementation standard. We will also provide a recommended list of FEMA Independent Study courses and/or other references to study.
IAEM Bulletin, August 2014
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