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Five Key Domains of‚ÄĮIncident Management

¬† Throughout the United States, incident management is often closely associated with the‚ÄĮIncident Command System‚ÄĮ(ICS), the‚ÄĮNational Incident Management System‚ÄĮ(NIMS), and other federal doctrine. However, effective incident management is not necessarily about alignment with doctrine. Instead, it is about a set of activities for managing an incident. Although ICS-NIMS may play a role in guiding those activities, conflating policy doctrine with activity risks turns incident management into a box-ticking exercise. It can create barriers to engaging…

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Five Key Domains of‚ÄĮIncident Management

¬† Throughout the United States, incident management is often closely associated with the‚ÄĮIncident Command System‚ÄĮ(ICS), the‚ÄĮNational Incident Management System‚ÄĮ(NIMS), and other federal doctrine. However, effective incident management is not necessarily about alignment with doctrine. Instead, it is about a set of activities for managing an incident. Although ICS-NIMS may play a role in guiding those activities, conflating policy doctrine with activity risks turns incident management into a box-ticking exercise. It can create barriers to engaging…

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