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Preparing Alaska's Cultural Organizations for Emergencies Course

A training program especially designed for staff at collecting institutions in Alaska

Module 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic concepts of the structure and function of ICS;
  • Understand how ICS functions at the community-wide and institution level;
  • Understand the flexibility of ICS;
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Incident Commander and various ICS positions;
  • Understand Chain of Command and Span of Control

Module Introduction



  • If you have not already done so, please take Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
    • 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.


Forms and Templates for this Module