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Blog 2: The Role of Communication in the ICS

One of the most important aspects in the Incident Command System is communication.  Without it, the ICS will not be nearly as effective.  Like any organization, if communication falls through the cracks the organization will not be able to accomplish their mission, whether it be helping communities get through a crisis, a teacher talking to students, or anything in between. The ICS need to have communication between the members and communities, and communication between all the members.  For example, according to the FEMA’s website.

“The Unified Command organization consists of the Incident Commanders from the various jurisdictions or agencies operating together to form a single command structure in the field.”

With so many people coming together, it is important that communication is one of their top priorities. The better the communication is, the better the organization will be able to operate.  It is also crucial that organizations such as the ICS communicate with the surrounding community.  They need to tell people what to do, how to do it, and how the ICS will help them.

Communication is important for any well-functioning organization.  Without proper communication, instructions won’t be heard, information may be missed, and chaos may very well follow.  The ICS is such an important organization, they need to make sure members are communicating with each other and with the outside community.

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  1. September 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    In the first sentence of your post you state, “One of the most important aspects in the Incident Command System is communication. Without it, the ICS will not be nearly as effective.”

    So does this mean the ICS can be somewhat effective without communication? What parts of the system can work without communication?

    Good use of formatting and an image in this post. Keep it up.

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