David Carmicheal, Pennsylvania’s State Archivist, who is the author of Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Cultural Institutions, has graciously allowed us to post his approximately 50 minute introductory course to the ICS. It is an excellent talk that will help translate the ICS-100 into cultural institution user-friendly terminology and understandability. This talk is in addition to, NOT a substitute for ICS-100.
Jared Yax, a Firefighter and Collections Curator for the Tri-Cities Museum in Grand Haven, Michigan, was the IC for museum response in Midland, Michigan after the Sanford Lake Dam failure in May 2020. He is also trained in the Smithsonian’s Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART).
Download the Student Workbook which contains, amongst a lot of other good information, an excellent Glossary on pages 29-41. Everybody in your institution should take this course. When finished, you will likely feel as though you have been dumped into the Wildland Firefighter world. After all, the ICS was originally developed so multiple agencies with hundreds of personnel could easily work together: when deployed, you can jump right into the system because you know exactly how things are run.
Read Field Guide to Emergency Response Section II (p 9-34)
Recruit and make assignments for your Core Response Team. These are people who will fill your Incident Command System positions during emergency response and recovery. See the Templates & Forms tab for some templates that can help you with this.
Begin developing a Communications Plan for effective communication amongst workers during an incident; communicating with other emergency organizations; and releasing information to the public.
Practice ICS by using it to plan an event.
Read this Ready Freddy Scenario, which shows how ICS is mobilized and then demobilized to respond to a fire at a cultural organization.