IAEM Bulletin, May 2014
Last month we discussed the Planning standards with a concentration on the Business Impact Analysis (BIA). This month we complete our discussion of the Planning standards with a concentration on the Resource Needs Assessment.
The NFPA® 1600 version 2013 defines Comprehensive Resource Management in Appendix A. It states, “Maintaining an accurate and up-to-date picture of resource utilization is a critical component of domestic incident management. Resource management includes processes for categorizing, ordering, dispatching, tracking, and recovering resources. It also includes processes for reimbursement for resources, as appropriate.”
Appendix A goes on to define resources “as personnel, teams, equipment, supplies and facilities available or potentially available for assignment or allocation in support of incident management and emergency response activities.” Finally, Appendix A states, “Personnel and equipment should respond only when requested or when dispatched by an appropriate authority.”
For information and discussion on Resource Needs Assessment, 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 that candidates should review when studying the Resource Needs Assessment are:
U.S. candidates also should consult these four additional references:
Next month we will be describing the various sections of the Implementation standard, beginning with Common Plan Requirements. We also will provide a recommended list of FEMA Independent Study courses and/or other references to study.
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