Oil-Chemical Incident Annex Overview for Industry

In June 2016, the U.S. Government released the Oil/Chemical Incident Annex to support and provide hazard-specific supplemental information to the Response Federal Interagency Operational Plan (FIOP) and the Recovery FIOP. Oil and chemicals may be released from sources such as onshore and offshore oil production-related facilities, oil and chemical transportation …

Varying Responsibilities of PIOs

Given the myriad of complexities that come into play when we are responding to an incident, it should come as no surprise that the function of a Public Information Officer (PIO) during incident response is different than that of the PIO during daily routine operations. On a day-to-day basis, the …

Ask an Expert: Safety Officer Stop Work Authority

EMSI routinely receives questions seeking an advanced explanation of an emergency management or incident management concept. Recently we received a question regarding a Safety Officer’s “stop work” authority under ICS. This is a thought provoking question and we thought we would share the answer with our followers. If you have …

Five Years after Fukushima: Incident Management Considerations

Five years ago, I traveled to Japan as part of the U.S. Government’s response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. With March marking the five year anniversary of Fukushima, this article attempts to highlight some incident management lessons learned and considerations for nuclear and radiological incident management. This month marks …

The ICS-234: What it is and why you should be using it

A well-known and important tool, the Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS-215) is used by the Operations Section Chief in preparing for the next Operational Period; a less well known, but equally important tool, is the Work Analysis Matrix (ICS-234). Looking at an ICS Operational Planning “P”, your work on the ICS-215 …

How to Conduct Collaborative Crisis Communication

This post should really be titled, “If You’re Not Collaborating With Others During a Crisis Situation, You Need to Rewrite Your Crisis Plan.” That’s a bit wordy, though. Here’s the thing about being at the center of a crisis – whether you look at it from the standpoint of your …

Why Collaborate on Public Communication During a Crisis?

“BLUF.” If you’ve never seen the acronym, it means, “Bottom line, up front.” Insert it at the beginning of any piece of written communication, and you’re telling those receiving the message, “This is the most important part.” If you’re a professional communicator, it’s similar to the concept of “flagging” during …

Transitioning from a Reactive to Proactive Response

“KA-BOOM!” happens and we launch our response. It is the ingrained nature of responders; when something happens, we react and respond to it. If set up for success and the response starts right, this initial reactionary response will lay the ground work for the next several operational periods, should the …