By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, MEP, Lead Trainer for the CEM® Commission
Last month we discussed the fourth and fifth sections of the Implementation standards – Crisis Communications and Public Information and Warning, Notifications, and Communications. This month we will describe the sixth and seventh sections of the Implementation standards — Operational Procedures and Incident Management.
The NFPA® 1600 version 2013 requires an entity to “develop, coordinate, and implement operational procedures to support the emergency management program” for response to and recovery from the impacts of hazards identified during the hazards analysis process.
The procedures shall provide for life safety, property conservation (minimizing property damage), incident stabilization, continuity, and protection of the environment under the jurisdiction of the entity including procedures for access control, response personnel identification and accountability, and mobilization and demobilization of resources. Finally, the standard requires that “procedures shall allow for concurrent activities of response, continuity, recovery, and mitigation.”
Similar to the previous standards, this one does not specify how to develop and implement these procedures or what format is required. It only specifies that an entity must have operational procedures, and they need to cover specific topics at a minimum. Emergency managers may not be directly involved in developing the content of these procedures, but as an important member of the entity’s planning team, the emergency manager ensures that procedures include all the requirements of the standard and includes those procedures in the entity’s emergency management plan and the exercise and training activities.
For long-term recovery operations, many entities now are establishing a separate “emergency operations center” or “recovery center” to manage that specific task, while the main EOC is used for managing the entity’s response and continuity tasks. The entity’s policy and procedures will dictate how that is accomplished.
For information and discussion on Implementation (6 and 7): Operational Procedures and Incident Management 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 IAEM-USA version of the exam, review the following additional references:
Next month we will describe the Emergency Operations/Response Plan and the Business Continuity and Recovery 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, September 2014
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