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The role of Communication in ICS

ICS stands for Incident Command System—it isFEMA’s basic system for communication during a crisis. It is a standardized approach to magagement that establishes the processes for planning and mangament.

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ICS is baded on a chain of command. There is a line of authority that is clear and understandable—one of the perks of ICS.


The Incedent Command System Specifically does many things:

  • Gives responses an established coordination
  • Establishes a common process for both making plans and managing the many recources that may be needed in a disaster
  • Gives an organizes structure the proper facilities and peronall to operate properly

I think that ICS has a major role in communication is that it is very flexible depending on the situation.


The chain of Command is a large part of the ICS. Chain of command is :”An orderly line of authority within the ranks of the incident mamagement organization.

It allows for many things:

  • Allows for an Incident Commander to control and direct personal
  • Avoids confusion because commands flow from supervisors.

Incident objectives are used to ensure that everyone within the ICS organization has a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished.

Overall I believe ICS is positive and effective way to communicate within crisis.

  1. September 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Good use of images in this post. Regarding your first sentence, ICS isn’t primarily a system for communication, but is a system of command. Communication is, however, inherent to ICS and command in general.

    Good otherwise. Good use of spacing, bullets, quotes, etc. Be sure to add tags to your post. You have the categories, but no tags. Also the assignment category for this post should be “Blog 2” instead of “Blog 1.” And lead your blog post title with “Blog 2:…” For example, “Blog 2: The role of communication in ICS.”

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