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New 2014 Edition. The Coast Guard Incident Management Handbook (IMH) is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) during response operations and planned events. The Incident Management Handbook is an easy reference job aid for responders. It is not a policy document, but rather guidance for response personnel. This new 2014 version of the Incident Management Handbook includes revisions informed by references (b) through (m), after action reports and lessons learned published after 2005, an internal field level review, and an external review by federal, state, local, and private sector maritime partners. The Incident Management Handbook is organized so that the generic information, such as operational processes, assessment checklists, and command responsibilities that may be applicable to all types of responses located at the front of the document, chapters 1 through 15. The remainder text of this comprehensive reference resource, features chapters 16 through 24, that is divided into supplements tailored to eight types of incidents the Coast Guard is likely to respond: · Marine Transportation System Recovery, · Maritime Security/Antiterrorism; · Search and Rescue; · Mass Casualty/Mass Rescue; · Oil Spill; · Hazardous Substance Release (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear); · Marine Fire and Salva≥ · Event Management. Each chapter also provides incident-specific job descriptions that have proven valuable in past response operations and includes multiple agency coordination at the local, state, and Federal level, and/or other partners, if the incident warrants this type of response. This resource is essential for United States Coast Guard response personnel from any component of the US Coast Guard/USCG-Active Duty, Reserve, Auxiliary, or Civilian Employees. Responders should have a basic understanding of National Incident Management System (IMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure they can operate effectively within an Incident Command System organization and use this Incident Management Handbook properly. This document is intended to provide operational guidance to Coast Guard personnel and is not intended to, nor does it, impose legally-binding requirements on any party outside the Coast Guard. Acronyms are used extensively throughout this Handbook; an acronym list can be found in chapter 25. This volume is a print bestseller in previous year editions! Keywords: Emergency Management; Emergency Response; Emergency Assistance; Coast Guard; US Coast Guard; United States Coast Guard; USCG; CBRNE, Chemical, Biological, radiological, Nuclear, Environmental; Pet rescue; Human Rescue; Mass care, casualty, and transportation; Coastal Security Law Enforcement; Ports; Waterways; Potential and actual security threats; contamination responses; operational processes and responsibilities; Terrorism; Public Communication/Information Management; Safety; Planning; Weather/Environmental Impacts; Casualty and Recovery; Investigations; Field Scene Reporting; Forensics; Intelligence Plans; Evidence Collection and Analysis; Bombs and Explosives; Logistics; Medical Response; Extreme Work Conditions Management; Incident Cleanup Factors; Costs and Administration; Life-saving; Health; Records Management and Retention; Disasters; FEMA; Federal Emergency Management Agency; United States Federal Emergency Management Agency; US FEMA.