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Disaster Preparedness Program Held First Virtual NOAA ICS 300 Class

AUGUST 2, 2021 ─ After much hard work, determination and dedication, OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program along with support from Genwest, completed its first ever Virtual NOAA Intermediate Incident Command System for expanding incidents (ICS 300) course on July19-22. We had 12 excellent students participating from across NOAA including three NOAA line offices (NOS, OAR, OMAO) and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO).

Graphic showing example responders.
Example responder roles. Image credit: NOAA.

Students participated through a series of role playing activities first as local responders (i.e. mayor, fire chief), then as responders in a command post (i.e. planning section chief), and finally as a member of a NOAA Incident Management Team reporting to senior leadership at NOAA headquarters. They not only learned classic ICS principles following the “Planning P” through objectives, planning, tactics meetings but also learned about the NOAA All Hazards Incident Management Concept of Operations (CONOPS) plan and how different NOAA line offices respond. 

While our team still prefers in-person training, we plan to build on the success of this virtual class and offer additional virtual classes in the future. 

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:43pm PST