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An incident action plan (IAP) formally documents incident goals (known as control objectives in NIMS), operational period objectives, and the response strategy defined by incident command during response planning. It contains general tactics to achieve goals and objectives within the overall strategy, while providing important information on event and response parameters. Equally important, the IAP facilitates dissemination of critical information about the status of response assets themselves. Because incident parameters evolve, action plans must be revised on a regular basis (at least once per operational period) to maintain consistent, up-to-date guidance across the system.
The following should be considered for inclusion in an IAP:
What follows is an example of an individual healthcare organization (HCO) action plan, as it might appear following response planning by the HCO incident management team. This is meant only to give the reader a general idea of how the components in the foregoing list might be described in an HCO action plan during emergency response. In reality, the information included in an action plan will vary depending on the incident circumstances and the type of response asset.
Sample Considerations for an HCO Incident Action Plan
Scenario: contagious disease outbreak with limited numbers of patients.
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