The first CERT member to arrive becomes the Incident Commander (IC). The IC will begin managing operations until the designated CERT Team Leader arrives.
Once the Team Leader arrives at the staging area, he or she will assume the responsibilities for managing CERT operations. Let's say you are the Team Leader. What are your duties?
- First, make your ICS position assignments. Prioritize the CERT response to the incident so that you can do the most good for the most people.
- Then you should ensure that information is continually gathered about injuries and damage. Make sure you document these findings and all other team operations.
- And don't forget to communicate and coordinate with professional responders. You will continue to manage operations until you are relieved by a professional responder on the scene.
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