Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Cultural Institutions
Every cultural repository needs two management structures: the day-to-day, business-as-usual hierarchy, and a "supercharged" management structure that takes over temporarily during a crisis or whenever looming events threaten to overwhelm normal business routines. Emergency responders have used just such a supercharged structure for years: the Incident Command System (ICS).Since its development in the early 1970s the ICS has been used to tackle a vast array of incidents, including fires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. The system has demonstrated that it can scale up to handle disasters that mushroom over large areas and even multiple states. But the ICS was designed to scale down as well as up. Few practitioners have addressed the question of how to use the ICS to manage an emergency within a single institutionuntil now.Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level explains how libraries, archives, and museums can adopt the ICS as a temporary management structure whenever 'business as usual' won't get the job done. Whether you are preparing for fires and floodsor planning a major public eventthe Incident Command System is a proven management tool that safeguards lives, property, and priceless collections. Learn how to put it to use in your repository!