ICS in Action:
Using the Incident Command System in Public Health Outbreak Investigations
This training is designed to help public health professionals at the local level integrate use of the Incident Command System (ICS) into a common public health department activity: investigating a disease outbreak.
This training does not provide official certification for ICS. It is designed to provide a public health-specific supplement to the ICS courses listed below. Prerequisites for this training are completion of ICS trainings 100, 200, and 700 and training or experience in disease outbreak investigation. In addition, completion of ICS 300 is strongly recommended for persons who might serve as Command Staff or General Staff.
- ICS 100 (now called IS-100.a), IS-200.a, and IS-700.a can be accessed from the FEMA Web site.
- ICS 300 is a state-administered program available through your state’s emergency management agency.
Upon completion of this 2.5-hour training program, learners will be able to:
- Describe how ICS can benefit disease outbreak investigations undertaken by local public health department staff
- Use appropriate ICS terminology to describe the roles and tasks that public health staff assume in an outbreak investigation
- Give examples of the ICS steps taken in outbreak investigations
- For a hypothetical disease outbreak: Demonstrate the ability to develop an Incident Action Plan, carry out an operational briefing, and formulate positions and an organizational chart for how an outbreak response might be organized
The ICS in Action training is video- and workbook-based and is appropriate for small group or self-paced learning.
You may download the participant workbook, facilitator guide, evaluation forms, and the video script/slides here.
You may obtain a copy of the training video on DVD by contacting NCCPHP at 919-843-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.