Melissa J. Nixon, DVM
Remember that the Incident Command Tree, Resource Typing, Position Descriptions, and Volunteer Roster need to be completed well in advance of a disaster incident!
Resource Typing is a way of cataloging personnel, equipment, and usable sites with common terminology, then entering the data into a common database. When an agency's own resources become overwhelmed, the agency may then access the data bank and request additional resources through mutual aid agreements. This is one of those times when it is important to use common terminology, so be sure to read the references below before getting started:
FEMA Typed Resource Definitions: Animal Health Resources
FEMA Resource Management and Mutual Aid
Resource Typing Glossary
Note: These links were valid as of May 2006. If you find a nonfunctional link, please notify the author at Figaro@saber.net so the link can be updated or removed.
Position Descriptions describe individual positions from Incident Commander to Kennel Cleaner. Once you have built your Incident Command Tree - there is a sample in this manual - you will want to have a committee begin writing brief descriptions of each position. Remember that responsibilities are first assigned to positions, and then people are assigned to appropriate positions. Do not take the seeming shortcut of assigning responsibilities directly to a specific person, lest problems arise when that individual becomes unavailable for whatever reason. Each position description should include the following:
Title of position - same wording as used on the command tree
Number of positions available with this title
Skills, experience, and training required
Any professional licensing required for the position such as MD, DVM, RVT, and RN
Description of tasks to be accomplished
Special caveats such as must lift 100#, etc.
Note the immediate supervisor of this position
List positions immediately supervised by this position
Equipment required such as "must own truck and horse trailer in good condition with insurance"
Whether this is an immediate response position with a duty roster and pager
Or a secondary response position activated by the regular phone tree system
Age requirements such as "must be 18 or older," or "must be over 21"
Volunteer Roster is an alphabetical listing of volunteers and includes the following:
Full name of volunteer
ARG Position Descriptions they are qualified for and interested in
ARG and compatible agency committee memberships
ARG trainings and FEMA classes completed; cross trainings completed with other agencies
Professional and academic degrees
Color of ARG ID badge
Unique identification number on badge
Contact information: phone numbers, pager, email address, USPS mailing address
Depending on your location, an updated version of this roster may need to be on file with local and state official agencies.