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2. Discuss the role of a technical specialist who might be needed to advise the IC in this setting. Choose any specialist you think appropriate. Be specific and thorough when you discuss the role.
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According to FEMA, technical specialists can be described as individuals who possess special skills, and their competencies come in handy during the organization of ICS. Therefore, they provide technical information in addition to offering assistance throughout the operations. Technical specialists often perform similar duties to the ones that they carry out on a day-to-day basis with the difference being that they are conducted after an incidence occurs. In other words, they are certified professionals in their fields and may not need extensive training on how to get the job done. An I.T. technical specialist is one that Liberty County could do with following the “Great Storm of 1780” where the experts believe that this storm was at least a category three hurricane. This is because today’s day-to-day activities heavily rely on the use of technology. The specialist would be in charge of accessing the processes and procedures that relate to the management and recovery from the disaster and offer advice on the programs, systems, and solutions that can streamline the initiatives. Through the specialist, Liberty County may realize effective ways of collecting data, storing information, presenting the facts, communicating with the agents of the field and other activities that may be required to be performed before full restoration of services is achieved at Liberty County. Without such a specialist, the personnel may spend many time and resources on reinventing the wheel whereas the resources needed may be readily available. Worse still, they may implement outdated and ineffective solutions that may not meet their needs, resulting in a delay in the country recovery and restoration process.
FEMA. ICS Resource Center. Training.fema.gov. Retrieved 5 July 2018, from https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/glossary.htm
Natural disasters are unavoidable. Therefore, it is important to adequately prepare for them. The role of the incident commander is to ensure that the effects of the disasters are mediated and life and property are saved as much as possible. Among the common types of disasters in the United States of America are the hurricanes. Hurricanes are complicated because they involve massive movements of air and water at alarming speeds. Despite the roles of the incident commanders, there is no way they can be competent in all the areas that they have to respond to. Therefore, they have to work with technical specialists who offer consultation on specific areas. Among the technical specialists that may be needed in case of a hurricane are the public health specialists. They are important because public health is an important factor in mediating the effects of hurricanes.
During hurricanes, there is the uncontrolled movement and mixing of materials in water. Therefore, people come in contact with the contagious material in the water. Also, people lack the access to clean water and food for drinking. Therefore, they have to survive using potentially contaminated water that may lead to the spreading of diseases like typhoid and cholera. In the camps where survivors are put temporarily, congestion may also lead to diseases spreading and therefore people getting infected. Such occurrences have to be prevented to ensure that the incident commander managers to complete their work of saving the lives of people.
Public health specialists advice the IC concerning issues that are related to public health. They may give directions concerning how to vacate people in a way that may prevent the spreading of infections and the places to give priority to protect victims from getting infected with common hygiene related pathogens. The public-health specialists may also assist to determine the risk areas and therefore influence the decision making of the IC.
Finch, K. C., Snook, K. R., Duke, C. H., Fu, K. W., Tse, Z. T. H., Adhikari, A., & Fung, I. C. H. (2016). Public health implications of social media use during natural disasters, environmental disasters, and other environmental concerns. Natural Hazards,83(1), 729-760.