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Hospital Incident Command System - Welcome!

California EMSA is the sponsor of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
Hospitals throughout the United States and the world continue to confront a wide variety of operational and fiscal challenges on a daily basis. To manage emergencies, whether external (e.g., earthquakes, fires, floods) or internal (e.g., utility failure, child abduction, or workplace violence), hospitals invest time and valuable resources to ensure adequate emergency plans are in place and personnel are sufficiently trained to respond. As a commitment to improve hospital response to healthcare needs during disasters and other medical emergencies, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is expanding the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Program Guidance and other portions of this HICS website. Informative documents, presentations, adaptations, articles, suggestions, and lessons learned from the use of HICS may be addressed to 
The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Purpose
HICS Vision 
HICS Leadership
HICS Advisory Committee 
Additional Resources and References
As a system applied both nationally and internationally, there is much research and data to collect on the use of HICS. The California EMSA is pleased to present this HICS collection supporting HICS implementation worldwide. … more 
History and Background
Since its inception in the late 1980s, the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS) served as an important emergency management foundation for hospitals in the United States… more 



HICS Purpose

HICS Vision

HICS Leadership

HICS Governance

HICS Advisory Committee

HICS 2014 Guidebook

Additional Resources and References

HICS History and Background

HICS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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