Important issues in Emergency Response
Critical Incident Management
November 3, 2011
When a major critical incident, natural disaster, act of terrorism or other significant event occurs in your jurisdiction, “who ya gonna call”. I am talking about situations that require more than emergency responses from local law enforcement. There are many situations where local law enforcement’s toolbox is not enough. California and the Federal Government have the resources to respond to, and handle major critical incidents. Let’s look at some important issues concerning emergency response.
Something that should be very important to local law enforcement agencies regarding response to critical incidents is there Emergency Operations Plan, or playbook. Is there a plan in place, information on hand, names and numbers to turn to for help. Who will be the incident commander; is there an operations section, a planning and intelligence section, logistics and finance sections etc. Is there expertise and resources needed to deal with the incident before them? Before the critical incident happens, are the right people involved in maintaining preparedness?
Large agencies in highly populated areas may have personal dedicated to being ready to handle critical incidents. For those agencies the likely hood that each day may bring serious and significant situations is a historical reality. It may also be closer to the norm that a situation arises requiring the expertise of dedicated experts who are comfortable handling critical incidents. They dealt with one last week and another last month. These agencies have personal with experience and knowledge, and who are comfortable using the playbook.
There are many more, small or smaller agencies for who a major or critical incident has...