Which General Staff member prepares Incident Action Plans, manages information, and maintains situational awareness for the incident?

The Planning Section Chief in the Incident Command System (ICS) is responsible for preparing Incident Action Plans, managing information, and maintaining situational awareness for the incident.

The Planning Section Chief involves the collection, evaluation, dissemination, and use of information regarding the incident’s development, resources, and status. For example, during a large-scale natural disaster, the Planning Section Chief would oversee the development of action plans that detail resource allocation, operational periods, and objectives based on the evolving situation.

From the perspective of other ICS personnel, the Planning Section Chief is a key source of updated and reliable information, ensuring that all sections are working with the most current data and plans.

The effectiveness of the Planning Section Chief directly impacts the incident’s overall response and recovery efforts, highlighting the importance of strategic planning and information management in emergency situations.

Source: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c&lang=en