During a recent disaster (Hurricane Anne) the Incident Commander informs you at the Emergency Operations Center that he needs extra medical supplies as soon as possible since the number of persons injured has risen faster than anticipated. Additionally, the IC informs you that it appears that there will be a significant shortage in drinking water, food, and temporary shelter. The heavy rains and possible flooding have made the use of tents rather dangerous. Based on these limited facts, briefly state the decisions that the Incident Commander must make at this time to respond to the problems. How would you prioritize the problems that you have been informed of by your staff? Describe how you as Incident Commander would handle each problem within the context of the ICS. Do you believe that you would be better able to control and manage the disaster if the planning process were more effective? You may outline what steps you would take to ease the critical situation. Understanding of the complex response needs necessary during most hurricane disasters should be demonstrated. Clear understanding of the priority and planning needs should be provided. At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it must be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format). Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions. Format: APA format is recommended.
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