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Incident Action Plan Phase Five

Phase 5 is when the IAP is executed and then evaluated for the next operational period. During the briefing that is normally held by the OSC, some assignments or resources may be modified at this point. The FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide
(pp. 40-42), will guide you in completing Phase 5.

In addition, the textbook National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice
(pp. 261-274), provides a checklist to help in the planning of strategies to achieve incident objectives needed to begin Phase 5. Refer to the following appendices, if needed, to complete this phase:

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Appendix E: Participating in the National Incident Management System: A Checklist for NIMS Implementation
Appendix F: Planning Responsibilities Checklist
Appendix G: Summary of Major ICS Positions
Appendix H: Examples of Resources for Which Typing Has Been Completed

For this assignment, you will prepare a well-organized and thoughtful summary/narrative consisting of two sections. The first section will consist of a one-to-two-page narrative for Phase 5 of the IAP. This narrative expands on what you are
learning during Phase 5, so you can understand the issues that arise in emergency services and emergency management.

Your narrative will replace the face-to-face meeting that normally occurs during an incident. In your narrative (meeting, review the work assignment to determine whether they are complete and whether they support the incident objectives and
strategies. Identify any gaps or the duplication of work assignments and resolve any conflicts or coordination issues. In the narrative, make sure resources are identified correctly (resource identifier), and when there are multiple resources of the same kind and type, there is an individual identifier assigned. Address resources and logistical issues, and identify shortfalls, excesses, safety issues, and the accuracy of the incident map. In this phase, correct any issues that you may have overlooked. Identify any changes to the IAP that you made which would normally have occurred during the planning meeting.

The second section of your summary/narrative will consist of at least two pages in which you will discuss the following information:

– the importance of ethics and the role it plays on emergency services and emergency management,
– the need for standardized fire prevention and safety codes,
– the importance of compliance to NFPA 1500,
– the differences among narrative information, advisories and warnings, and action messages, and the roles of a public information officer and a joint information system during an emergency situation.

 

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