Major Activities of the Planning Section Include:

Major activities of the Planning Section in the Incident Command System include preparing and documenting Incident Action Plans, managing information and maintaining situational awareness for the incident, tracking resources assigned to the incident, maintaining incident documentation, and developing plans for demobilization.

The FEMA IS-100.C Instructor Guide explains that the Planning Section’s duty is to “prepare and disseminate the Incident Action Plan, as well as track the status of all incident resources“. This ensures that responders have accurate information and resources such as maps and floor plans. For instance, during a city-wide blackout, the Planning Section would meticulously document the action plan, ensuring all teams are aware of their roles and responsibilities.


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