HICS Additional Information

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center

The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) has released a podcast, “HICS for Special Pathogen Preparedness.”

Ryan Tuchmayer, the Director of Emergency Management for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, joined several other health care professionals to discuss how the Hospital Incident Command System (HICSi) ensures their hospitals are ready to respond effectively in emergencies involving special pathogens.

The podcast is available on the NETEC website and all major listening platforms.

Psychological Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment

Psychological Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment: Provides methods to link mental health to disaster system of care, mental health triage tag, IT, and ICS/HICSi compliant job action sheets.

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The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is pleased to announce the public release of the Fifth Edition of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICSi). This conclusion of the multi-year revision process is the culmination of extensive national stakeholder input. The California EMSA wishes to thank all participants in this endeavor that exemplifies unprecedented collaboration among both public and private healthcare and emergency management partners from communities across the local, regional, state, and national levels. This HICS, Fifth Edition is offered to assist hospitals and the healthcare community nationwide with their emergency management goals.

Special recognition is given to a multitude of individuals and groups for their invaluable contributions. This includes Ex Officio members from the following organizations: the American Hospital Association (AHA); The Joint Commission; the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans’ Health Administration, Office of Emergency Management; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Healthcare Preparedness Programs; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Integration Center; and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

The California EMSA also extends special gratitude to Kaiser Permanente and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the HICS Final Review Group, the HICS 2011 National Summit Stakeholders, the HICS National Workgroup and the HICS Secondary Review Group

The revision of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICSi) is being coordinated by EMSA.


Disaster Response Using HICS: An Introduction for Physicians (video)

The “Disaster Response Using HICSi: An Introduction for Physicians” video was provided courtesy of Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at the 2011 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference.

The Incident Action Plan contains objectives reflecting the overall incident strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next operational period. The hospital’s IAP, at a minimum, is generally made up of the following HICSi forms

  • 201: Incident Briefing
  • 202: Incident Objectives
  • 203: Organizational Assignments
  • 204: Branch Assignment List
  • 261: Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis.

The IAP may also have a number of other forms as attachments such as Traffic Plans, etc. Element 12 of NIMS Compliance for Healthcare states that hospitals utilize IAPs for all incidents and exercises along with the plans to communicate through the ICS chain-of-command. The Joint Commission’s EM 01.01.01 requires an ICS that is integrated into, and is consistent with, its community’s command structure.

The IS-800 course is available through FEMA’s website. The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to describe:

  • The purpose of the National Response Framework.
  • The response doctrine established by the National Response Framework.
  • The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework.
  • The actions that support national response.
  • The response organizations used for multiagency coordination.
  • How planning relates to national preparedness. 
  1. The HICSi Role Table Tents can be used during actual events or for exercises. They identify the name of each person filling the top nine roles.
  2. The tent cards act as a reminder of the Incident Action Planning Process and assist with completion of the appropriate forms.
  3. When it comes to completing The Joint Commission table top survey, TJC states that they want name plates/table tents with the role and name of person in the table top. This will also provide those personnel with a reminder on the role of that position and the Incident Action Planning Process.