Coming Soon: EMSI Incident Management Handbook!

You’ve asked for it and we’re developing it! Cultivating the best practices from our decades of response and training, EMSI is nearing completion of our very own FREE Incident Management Handbook (IMH)! Yes, we said FREE!

While it is important that all responders come into an incident with sufficient training and understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS), in a very large response, the organization or agency may be required to activate employees that have little experience responding in the field. Our IMH is intended to be used as a quick reference resource for first responders and emergency managers for use during response operations to provide a systematic process bringing order out of the chaos of incident response. Intended for use by personnel deployed at the incident level, it is not a policy document but rather guidance for response personnel requiring judgment in application.

During an incident or event, responders can use our IMH to quickly locate important information, such as:

  • ICS organizational structures,
  • Establishing a Unified Command,
  • ICS position specific descriptions, functions, and responsibilities,
  • Incident typing/tiers,
  • The Operational Planning Cycle or “P” (updated “P” from NIMS 2017),
    • Action block overviews
    • Meeting Room Layouts
    • Meeting/Briefing agendas
  • How to write Priorities, Objectives, and Tasks, along with examples, and
  • Other helpful and needed information responders will need during an incident/event.

Furthermore, as a free resource from EMSI, content from this IMH can be used to develop customized IMHs for your own application

Look for an announcement soon when we publish this great new resource! This new IMH will be made available electronically exclusively on We’re getting close, but need to make sure all the t’s are crossed and I’s are dotted before we finalize it.

Since inception in 2000, EMSI has played a major role in helping government and industry clients alike, prepare, train, and respond to emergencies of any cause or size. Comprised of national and international all-risk, all-hazard response experts, EMSI’s seasoned cadre gives us a unique background and perspective in dealing with incident and responder needs at every level of government and industry, to include the international community. As a global response leader in all-risk, all-hazard, multi-discipline incidents, EMSI has a proven track record in helping the myriad of local, state, national, international, and private sector entities with their incident management and emergency management programs.

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