June 24, 2015
* Rank order (in order of priority) the 14 core capabilities of the NRF. Explain why you rank ordered 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Be specific. * Explain how the United States conducts an all-hazards response in the five preparedness mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and disaster recovery.
* When would a Deputy Incident Commander (Deputy IC) be necessary? Give examples. * In The missing piece of NIMS: Teaching incident commanders how to function in the edge of Chaos, the author notes that first responders have to deal with a disaster situation already unfolding, and not “all the pieces fit together nicely.” The author writes about the Five Tenets of Working in Chaos.
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Within the NRF, there are five preparedness mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and disaster recovery. Prevention is any steps taken to prevent, halt, or disable a perceived terrorist attack. Protection is the actions taken by the community, state or federal government to protect the citizens from an attack but being mindful of not infringing on civil liberties. Mitigation strives to lessen the loss of life and property while also protecting against future incidents. The goal of the response mission is to act quickly and decisively to minimize casualties and damage to property. Disaster recovery focuses on rebuilding, recovery and the restoration of housing, utilities (such as public water and waste disposal), health care, and a functioning government. There are five main components upon which event management develops. These are Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance & Administration. In a small scale disaster, the Incident Commander may handle all five components himself. In a large-scale crisis, the Incident Commander may retain command of the situation but delegate the other four components to Deputy Incident Commanders. A Deputy Commander may also function as relief Incident Commander allowing the Incident Commander to rest when needed.5