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1 Emergency Management Response Analysis Rachel Rulla University of Phoenix CJA/375 June 21, 2021 John Clift
Emergency Management Response Analysis 2 Emergency Management Response Analysis When natural disasters or emergencies occur, we know the agencies that are the first to arrive on the scene or to respond are law enforcement, fire-rescue, and emergency medical services. This is not the case for incidents or emergencies that occur in the ocean, domestic ports or waterways, the U.S Coast Guard is tasked with this responsibility. The coast guards immediately deployed a boat and later a helicopter to initiate medical evacuations from the Deepwater Horizon rig after it exploded in 2010 causing the largest marine oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the magnitude of this oil spill, it was declared a Spill of National Significance (SONS) and was designated a National Incident Commander (NIC). “We realized we needed a national structure, so if there was a truly huge spill…there also was a designation of national commander (NIC) admiral Thad Allen to help de-conflict problem areas and coordinate efforts at all levels, local and national” (Wilson, J.R., 2012). In an effort to standardize the approach roles are detailed within the incident command system, with crisis response objectives set forth while challenges and decision-making strategies were sorted out by leaders. Roles in Incident Command System The response operations were divided into four zones which were off shore, near shore, at the source of the spill, and in the shore. The National Incident Command (NIC) was set up in Washington, DC that was supposed to coordinate the government’s response, one Unified Area Command (UAC) was established to oversee operational activities throughout the whole Gulf

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