This course sets up a Concept of Operations (COO) to help you and your institution effectively and efficiently manage an unplanned or special event while continuing to manage normal business operations. This COO will be as effective as the level of understanding of those responsible for its implementation during a crisis. This need transcends all levels of the organization from the administration to your initial response personnel.
A working knowledge of the system is important when an event requires coordinating your response with outside agencies. Other events may tax federal, state, and regional resources and place the primary burden of management on the hospital.
This system is following the Presidential Directive, HSPD-5, which requires local government and other institutions to comply with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
In addition to hospital personnel, local emergency services personnel could be invited to participate to further relations with the institution, learn about the hospital system, and support the exercise with emergency services issues and needs.