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    You have just been informed that a hurricane disaster has occurred in your country. You have been given the responsibility to oversee the implementation of the Incident Command System for the disaster. Address the following:

    Briefly describe the key features of an incident command system and provide specific examples of how it would be implemented in a hurricane incident.

    Describe the objectives that an incident commander would include in an incident action plan for a hurricane disaster. These objectives should clearly define what the incident team is working to achieve during operations.

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    An incident command system provides a blueprint for command, control, and coordination of emergency response. It provides for the coordination and unity of command under which responders from several agencies can provide effective support. The main features of the incident command system are common terminology, unity of command, common set of objectives, flexible organization, and a wide span of control. The key features include coordination through the development of incident action plans, resource management, and integrated communications. The hierarchy has three main levels; these are the incident commander, command staff, and general staff. The incident command system makes the best use of personnel, facilities, and equipment during an emergency.

    During a hurricane there is need for activating emergency operation centers, mobilizing firefighters, police and ambulances. Directing emergency teams such as specialist rescue teams, ...

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    This solution explains incident command system in the context of hurricane disaster management. The sources used are also included in the solution.