Guide to ISO 22320: Emergency Management Requirements for Incident Response

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Why standardization in emergency incident response matters

Natural and/or man-made catastrophic events are quickly becoming the norm. Indeed, since the 1970s, the number of weather and climate-related disasters alone has more than quadrupled to around 400 per year.

Unfortunately for responder agencies, few things are more challenging than procuring and deploying the right resources to the right people and places during complex disasters covering wide areas and causing mass casualty and damage. In these scenarios, the imperatives of incident response routinely overwhelm the resources and capabilities of individual agencies acting alone. Meeting the life and property-saving objectives of the disaster response, then, requires an influx of personnel, skills, technologies, facilities, equipment, and/or funding from other organizations.

Though the organizations themselves share many of the same functions, the number and weight of those commonalities haven’t been enough to close what’s become an acute incident response performance gap. The gap has been studied carefully in the emergency management literature

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