Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

Is your hospital prepared for all-hazards emergency response and recovery?

When hospitals want to improve their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for unplanned and planned events, they look to the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). HICS is an incident management system based on the Incident Command System (ICS), and it is consistent with ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles.

CHHS offers a comprehensive HICS exercise and training package to suit your needs. HICS will strengthen hospital disaster preparedness activities in conjunction with community response agencies and allow hospitals to understand and assist in implementing all elements of the hospital-based NIMS guidelines.

What we offer:

Training (click for info)

Exercises (click for info)

Features of HICS:

  • Common terminology (e.g. position titles such as Incident Commander)
  • Modular organization (each major function and unit is named and defined, ICS structure is developed from the top down)
  • Management by objectives (provides 4-step process for establishing and meeting goals)
  • Incident action planning (written plan that describes the hospital’s strategy for incident management and identifies personnel roles)
  • Manageable span of control (command structure controls the number of individuals or resources each supervisor can manage effectively by organizing them into sections, branches, groups, divisions, and teams)
  • Pre-designated incident locations (common names for designated facilities, such as Emergency Operations Center)
  • Resource management (imposes a check-in and tracking process for personnel, facilities and equipment, which are typed by capability)
  • Integrated communications
  • Common command structure

Questions? Email us at mtimmins@law.umaryland.edu

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