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Incident Commander

Job Description

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.
Incident Commander Job Action Sheet

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.

Optional Command Level Administrator Job Action Sheet

A Command Level Administrator can be appointed to assist the Incident Commander and Section Chiefs in follow-up of assigned tasks.  

Emergency Operations Center Guide

Set up your Emergency Operations Center (EOC)—your center of operations during a disaster.

Command Level Meeting Checklist

This checklist will help you prepare for and lead Command Level Meetings before, during and following a disaster.