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The references suggested here form a starting point for further learning about the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). They do not constitute a complete list nor are the latest publications necessarily included, depending on when the reader is reviewing this material. Therefore, you are encouraged to perform an additional search for more recent materials to assist in your quest to learn more.


Hospital Incident Command System
Center for HICS Education and Training

California Emergency Medical Services Authority

Incident Command System
Federal Emergency Management Agency (pp. 8–14)

FireScope: (Firefighting RESources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies

Nursing Home Incident Command System
California Association of Health Facilities

Florida Health Care Association

Government Agencies
National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

California Emergency Medical Services Authority

National Disaster Medical System

Exercise Development
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

HICS for Small and Rural Hospitals
The Center for Preparedness Education

Healthcare Emergency Management
Veterans Health Administration, Office of Emergency Management

FEMA / DHS Program: Lessons Learned and Information Sharing

Ex Officio Partners
American Hospital Association

The Joint Commission

American Society for Healthcare Engineering

Additional Resources Used in Material Development
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Fire Protection Association

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) Program

National Weather Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CHEMTREC)



The Joint Commission. Emergency Management in Health Care: An All-Hazards Approach. 2nd ed. Oak Brook, IL: Joint Commission Resources, 2012.

Reilly, MJ and DS Markenson. Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice. Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2010.

Partridge, RA; Marcozzi D and Proano L. Oxford American Handbook of Disaster Medicine. New York NY: Oxford University Press, 2012.

DeAtley, C. "Healthcare Facilities Incident Command." In International Disaster Nursing, by R Power and Daily E, 165-182. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2010.