Congratulations on winning the election! Now, here’s a class you really must take.

Barton Dunant
2 min readDec 8, 2021

So, you have just won your first election to this office. Congratulations! Soon you will take your oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States — and the people that you will serve. There is so much to prepare, in the time around those first few days in office. You are ready to make a positive change in many people’s lives, through governing.

And before a disaster strikes the community you are now in charge of — and it is highly likely something else bad (on top of COVID-19) will happen during your tenure- you need to understand how the National Incident Management System (also known as NIMS) works. Seriously — it is back to school time.

The class all elected officials should take is the National Incident Management System Overview for Senior Officials (Executives, Elected, & Appointed (ICS-402). And this course is applicable to appointed cabinet-level officials, and even corporate executives. Knowing how emergency powers — including massive changes in the normal governmental procurement and spending process — is key to understanding what happens when an emergency or disaster is declared.

You need to understand who is responsible for what, and how also the organizational structure of governmental operations dramatically shifts during emergencies and disasters. This is critical for officials in charge of government at all levels. Are you in a Home Rule or Dillon’s Rule State? Do you…

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Barton Dunant

Emergency Management Consulting and Training. We advocate for safety and security issues at home and the workplace. Visit us on the web at bartondunant.com