U.S. Fire Administration, Fire Service Operations for the Southeastern Tornados--April 2011 [open pdf - 1MB]
This report consolidates reviews of fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) activities in Alabama and Georgia during the April 2011 tornados. The report provides an insight into the procedures and needs of local fire and EMS agencies during disasters. Five overarching areas were repeatedly identified throughout the review: lack of disaster preparedness, need for more disaster management training, need for closer coordination and communication with State and Federal recovery staff, effective use of Incident Command System (ICS) in supporting operations, and need for Public Works to participate, learn, and practice ICS. The report also includes 66 specific observations and recommendations as well as four operational priorities.
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