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Subject: RE: [emergency] EM Notifications SC Charter (revised)

What are the "Incident Command System (ICS) 
formats" referenced below?


From: Art Botterell [mailto:acb@incident.com]

EM Notification Methods and Messages Subcommittee
3 April 2003

At any moment the "operational picture" perceived by each individual 
and organization represents the accumulation and fusion of various 
streams of incoming information.  The accuracy and completeness of 
that operational picture, and the quality of the decisions based upon 
it, depend in large part on the scope, transparency and efficiency of 
the incoming information flows.  And the effectiveness of coordinated 
effort among individuals and agencies depends in large part on their 
having access to the same flows of information (including information 
about each other's status and intentions) and thus sharing a common 
operational picture.

The EM Notification Methods and Messages Subcommittee will address 
procedures and formats for exchanging new and updated information 
related to functions including public safety, emergency response and 
homeland security.


The EM Notification Methods and Messages Subcommittee will undertake 
three immediate projects:

... Review and refinement of contributed work from the Common Alerting 
Protocol Working Group;

... Design and development of an Incident Notification message format; and,

... Development of a core set of messages to support the National 
Incident Management System mandated in Homeland Security Presidential 
Directive #5 and based on established Incident Command System (ICS) 

In the course of developing these deliverables, the Subcommittee will 
draw on the expertise of the GIS and Infrastructure Subcommittees. 
In addition, the Subcommittee will make recommendations to the full 
Technical Committee regarding education and outreach activities 
involving end-users.

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