that are or can be highly influential and can help with opposition when it occurs (Smeby, 2014). In the above scenario regarding the heat incident, it is apparent that the two counties work together and utilizes a common incident management framework (Walsh et al., 2012). This framework gives the primary jurisdiction of Columbia Mountain to the Columbia Mountain Volunteer Fire Department with Waldorf Fire Rescue coming in as a backup during significant events. If the emergency manager had a good relationship with these groups, they would have
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CASE STUDY - WEATHER-RELATED EMERGENCIES3known in advance to the events that this was the policy between the two counties and may not have become critical of Columbia Mountain volunteers and Hayes Garden. If they were not agreeable to this policy during their events, they could have had conversations with the emergency manager before the activities that they would prefer to have a different response if emergencies were to occur. They could have worked together to come up with a solution that would be agreeable to everyone or using the influence of the “power elite” the emergency manager could help them understand why the policy was developed as it is.In terms of the second event during the severe storm, given that they use the National Incident Management System (NIMS), there is a standard that set up in terms of communication,information and scene size-up, command and management, and resource management (Walsh et al., 2012). There should also be a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in place for each department (Smeby, 2014). The deputy chief of Waldorf Fire Rescue did not follow either the
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