The Incident Commander directs organizational resources to emergency preparedness, response and recovery actions, overriding normal operating procedures and protocols.
When a disaster strikes, the main functions include:
- Activating the Disaster Staffing Plan.
- Maintaining close communication with the CEO/Executive Director.
- Conducting Command Level Meetings during each operational period.
- Setting up an Emergency Operations Center as needed.
Qualifications may include:
- Familiarity with the key operational, financial and connectivity concerns of the organization.
- Being comfortable with and able to make important decisions on behalf of the organization, in consultation with the CEO/Executive Director.
A likely staff member to fill this role may be:
- Someone from senior leadership including the Deputy Director or Associate Director.
During the planning phase, the Incident Commander should:
- Review the Emergency Operations Center Guide and determine potential locations for an Emergency Operations Center. Consider reaching out to a community partner that may have an extra community room or educational facility.
- Customize the Command Level Meeting Checklist to align with the organization’s staffing structure and priorities.
A Job Action Sheet includes specific tasks to be completed by the Disaster Response Role over eight Operational Periods before, during and after a disaster.
A Command Level Administrator can be appointed to assist the Incident Commander and Section Chiefs in follow-up of assigned tasks.
Set up your Emergency Operations Center (EOC)—your center of operations during a disaster.
This checklist will help you prepare for and lead Command Level Meetings before, during and following a disaster.