Incident Command Systems (ICS)

Incident Command System (ICS) was created by the federal government to provide a standardized terminology for managing incidents. No matter how large or small the incident, ICS is effective, especially when responders come from different jurisdictions and disciplines. In this module, you will learn the basic elements of the ICS system to facilitate communication with your community’s first responders in a disaster situation. 

Incident Command System for Cultural Institutions webinar is presented by Robin Bauer Kilgo, Project Associate for Florida Connecting to Collections Emergency Plan Program. 

Webinar Length:  24 min. 30 sec.
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Discussion Question: Prior to the creation of Incident Command System, first responders from various fields often arrived on the site of a disaster only to find they were unable to effectively communicate with each other. Why do you think it is important for your institution to understand the basics of ICS? How can you implement the ICS system into your emergency plan? 

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum - ICS Sample (.pdf)
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Online Resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Independent Study Program

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers free, self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities. Recommended first classes:

  • IS-100.b-Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction

Rescuing, ICS for Cultural Institutions

Speaker Biography
Robin Bauer Kilgo works as a consultant in the Florida Keys, assisting institutions with their collection management needs. She is currently developing and designing curriculum for the IMLS-supported Florida Connecting to Collections program. From 2005-2012 she worked as Registrar, then as Collections Officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Among other duties, she developed and maintained emergency plans, including the execution of all disaster preparation and recovery operations. She has presented several sessions on emergency planning for the Florida Association of Museums, such as, Emergency Planning: How to Test Your Worst Nightmare. She holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in History from Florida State University. She also earned a graduate certificate in Museum Studies, specializing in Collections Management and Collections Care, from George Washington University.

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