On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a category-four hurricane, slammed into Dade County in South Florida. In the first few weeks after Andrew, it became evident the federal and local management of the disaster was uncoordinated, confused, and inadequate. In fact, Hurricane Andrew is often used as a case study example of what not to do regarding the holistic management of a natural disaster. To read more about it on the Internet, refer to the link Hurricane Andrew: Assessment review utilization and information dissemination provided in the Webliography.
Researched the city/county emergency management plan.
Assessed and described whether the plan implements the ICS process. If not, explained how people would incorporate the process into a city if it were facing a natural disaster.
Described the ICS process thoroughly, including the five major management systems within it, as it relates to the plan
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The Miami-Dade County Emergency Management Plan can be found at:
As stated in page 54 of the document, the management model followed by the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Centre, follows ICS Principles.
As stated in the plan, the major "tenents" of ICS are:
1. ICS utilizes a centralized, unified command system that fosters multiple agencies to participate in the decision-making process;
2. ICS can be adapted to a variety of organizational structures, and as such, adapts easily to multijurisdictional/multi-agency involvement;
3. ICS may be used in any type of hazard threat or disaster situation; and
4. ICS utilizes common terminology widely used and recognized by many responder organizations.
Furthermore, the plan states:
"The ICS model has been recognized as the model for the command, control and coordination of resources and personnel in response to an emergency. The ICS is designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating the use of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a ...
The expert assess and describe whether the plan implements the ICS process. If not, the expert explained how people would incorporate the process into a city if it were facing a natural disaster. The ICS process thoroughly, including the five major management systems within it, as it relates to the plan is described.