Training Course Catalog

Introduction to HICS (Webinar)


The HICS Primer Webinar addresses the substance of the Hospital Incident Command System and reviews the key elements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System 100, 200, and 700 courses in a healthcare context. This session provides an overview of emergency management in a healthcare setting and provides the context of the “phases of emergency management,” the five sections found in ICS, and the importance of healthcare in internal and external events.

This webinar incorporates the most revisions made the Hospital Incident Command System by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).

Note:  This is a cursory introduction to HICS.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the need for hospital planning for emergency situations and the value of a standard format
  • Identify the structure of the Hospital Incident Command System and its relationship with the National Incident Management System
  • Demonstrate key functions of critical staff teams in emergencies
  • Review the key elements found in ICS 100, 200 and 700

Topics Covered

  • Why we prepare for disasters
  • Types of things for which we prepare
    • Risk – as in a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
  • The phases of a comprehensive Emergency Management (EM) program
    • Mitigation
    • Preparedness
    • Response
    • Recovery
  • Regulatory and Compliance Context
    • Joint Commission
    • NIMS
  • Brief history of ICS
  • What is ICS?
  • Why Hospitals should use HICS?
  • How a hospital refines HICS to their facility
  • HICS is not your plan, but is in your plan
  • Tools of the Trade
    • Org chart
    • JAS
    • Forms
  • Processes
    • Activation of HICS
    • Who activates who?
  • When to activate each position?
  • The Five Functions
    • Command
    • Operations
    • Logistics
    • Planning
    • Finance
  • Overview of what we are using it to
    • Look ahead to the Incident Action Plan (IAP)
    • Manage resources
    • Communicate better
  • A series of short exercises is included.
  • Course Track(s)


  • Participants

    Up to 30

  • Length

    2 hours

  • Refresher Requirement

    Recommended, but not required

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of ICS 100, 200 and 700 or equivalents recommended