When asked to present the Incident Command System (ICS) to multiple groups in Asia Pacific, it was important to think of the best way to deliver a course that would have the greatest long term impact. However there is limited time and so it needed to be done without providing 2 weeks or a month worth of classes, but present a 4 hour session. While at the same time share experiences and best practices from other parts of the world.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to present the G402 Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials course. The course can be found at: http://training.fema.gov/STCourses/crsdesc_spec.asp?courseid=G402
It is became clear very fast that even in different parts of the world, ICS is effective.
At the end of the Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Team session, several questions were raised. Some of them include:
- What are some examples of NGOs working with government agencies under ICS and the associated challenges.
- Where can we get more information and other best practices.
In the next few days, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" will provide some additional resources around these topics. Several other courses will be taught in the next few weeks, along with tabletop and full scale exercises. Lessons from those sessions will be shared as well.