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Global Outbreak: A Public Health ICS Simulation


An outbreak of respiratory infection is spreading around the globe. Cases have just been confirmed in your state. You are called to report to the State Health Department’s DOC (Department Operations Center) to serve on the Incident Command Team. Here you will:

  • Choose your role as DOC Operations, Planning, or Logistics Section Chief
  • Apply concepts from previous Incident Command System (ICS) training
  • Follow the steps in the “Planning P” process during the first operational period
  • Attend DOC briefings and meetings
  • Decide who should handle incoming requests and issues
  • Determine the best course of action for items on your to-do list
  • Monitor how your decisions impact stress, resources, and public response

This online simulation was developed for public health professionals who have taken various Incident Command Systems (ICS) training and have been left wondering, “But what does this look like when the incident isn’t an explosion? What does it look like in a Health Department?” It draws on select concepts from FEMS’s ICS- 200 and ICS-300 training courses.

Primary Toolkit:

PPHR Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Incident Command System, Infectious Diseases


Institutional Author:

University of Minnesota School of Public Health





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