Someone must be in charge in an emergency. The system for
managing resources, analyzing information and making decisions in an emergency
is called direction and control.
The direction and control system described below assumes a
facility of sufficient size. Your facility may require a less sophisticated
system, though the principles described here will still apply.
The configuration of your system will depend on many factors.
Larger industries may have their own fire team, emergency medical technicians or
hazardous materials team, while smaller organizations may need to rely on mutual
aid agreements. They may also be able to consolidate positions or combine
responsibilities. Tenants of office buildings or industrial parks may be part of
an emergency management program for the entire