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OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program Provides NOAA-Specific Incident Command System Training

DECEMBER 14, 2018 — This week in Silver Spring, Maryland, OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) held a three day NOAA-Specific Incident Command System 300 Level Training (ICS 300).

Students working together at tables.
Participants in the NOAA’s ICS 300 Course. Image credit: NOAA.

The ICS 300 course initially created by FEMA provides an in-depth focus on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS). This includes the resources, procedures, and practices that are used to effectively manage emergency incidents concerning NOAA missions. However, unlike typical ICS - 300 courses provided by other agencies, OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program created a NOAA-centric ICS 300 Level Training Course that includes key information on NOAA’s authorities and responsibilities relative to preparedness, emergency response, resilience, and recovery activities for major man-made incidents and natural disasters.

Course instructor, Katie Krushinski, stated, “It is our hope that the NOAA staff and contractors taking this course will now have a greater understanding of NOAA’s authorities, responsibilities and resources and will be able to effectively work within any established incident command structure.”

The ICS 300 course was taught by the Disaster Response Center’s director, Charlie Henry; former NOAA Corp Officer and Scientific Support Coordinator, John Murphy; and Katie Krushinski, also from the Disaster Response Center. The course was a success, with 26 participants representing all but one of the NOS line offices, Office of General Counsel, and NOAA’s Homeland Security Program Office. A second course in this fiscal year is tentatively planned for Charleston, South Carolina in April.

If you would like to learn more about NOAA’s ICS 300 Course or are interested in taking ICS 300 please contact Kimberly.Albins@noaa.gov.

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