IMS - The World Standard for Emergency Management,
- in Your EOC."
Hospital leaders and executives must find ways to implement NIMS in practical terms beyond the mere declaration that IMS is in effect with Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance & Admin sections.
Business leaders & executives must find ways to implement IMS in a business context, where the lingo of firefighters, police services and other first responders bears little relevance.
Public agency leaders who coordinate emergency responses at a strategic level, away from the hands-on deployment of first responders , must interpret and adapt IMS to an EOC environment where information, analysis, documentation, and coordination are the primary activities for the organization’s role in the response.
IMS was formally codified in the 1970s based on California’s experience with fighting wildfires and the uncoordinated, inefficient efforts that arose from well-meaning but disjointed responders. IMS has since become the standard by which all fire departments, police services, and emergency medical services organize, coordinate and execute efforts to resolve emergencies.
However, what works for front-line responders does not automatically transfer directly into the emergency operations center environment.
If you are a public agency or department coordinating responses at a strategic, system-wide level dealing with policy, strategy, accountability, public perception, political and economic impact in addition to health, life and safety, you need to understand and implement IMS in a way that actually works.
If you are a business, hospital, or hospital dealing with emergencies ranging from supply disruptions, labor disruptions, or other incidents that have economic, political and strategic impacts in addition to emergencies that threaten public or employees’ health, life and safety, you need to understand and implement IMS in a way that works for your environment and that meets your needs.
The lingo and standard operating procedures employed by first responders at the scene of an emergency are not actually usable in a direct 1-to-1 fashion in an EOC.
It isn’t enough to design an org chart based on IMS principles. It isn’t enough to put names or positions in the boxes and then tell people to use that structure during an emergency response. It isn’t even enough to train everyone who will be involved in an emergency response so that they know the principles of IMS.
You need to translate the principles into effective tools, processes and procedures in order to truly implement IMS effectively in your EOC. You need to translate the principles into something you can really use in order to benefit from the strengths of IMS.
I have designed and redesigned IMS structures, processes and procedures for strategic-level organizations – four different provincial government ministries in Ontario, Canada – and refined the tools, processes and procedures for EOCs through repeated emergency responses.
The Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing IMS in EOCs was developed through real-world experience:
The tools, processes and procedures that you will receive in the Guide have been tested and refined based on actual EOC operations in response to:
With The Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing IMS in EOCs, you will benefit from these experiences and lessons and be able to implement IMS effectively without having to search in the dark, learn by trial and error, or pay the price of responding ineffectively.
The Practitioner’s Guide includes all of the following to get your EOC operating at a high level of performance using IMS effectively:
Order the Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing IMS in EOCs now to start preparing your EOC to truly benefit from the strengths and advantages of IMS. Adopting IMS straight from the world of front-line first responders into your EOC will not work and will only frustrate you, frustrate your colleagues, and kill any organizational enthusiasm or willingness to adopt IMS methodology.
For only $87, you will fully leverage the strengths of IMS without having to figure out on your own, without having to make avoidable mistakes, and without having to burn up goodwill and political capital within your own organization through failed attempts to use IMS.
Emergencies happen at any time. The time to prepare is now.
Order The Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing IMS in EOCs today and be ready before the next emergency strikes.