How I Use My iPad for Incident Management
As many of you know, I am an avid iPad user. It has revolutionized my incident management process. It is really an all-in-one incident management toolkit. Here is a quick walk through of how I might use my iPad on an incident scene.
I arrive at the incident scene, throw on my vest, and grab my iPad and install the Bad Elf GPS. I open Documents to Go and load my incident report form. I familiarize myself with the incident by being briefed by the current IC (believe it or not, emergency management does always need to be in command of an incident). I begin filling out my incident report on the iPad.
I will also grab the coordinates and create a quick location map using the Bad Elf GPS and an offline navigation app (right now I am using Topo Maps).
This is certainly not high-powered GIS capability, but it is a way to get a quick map of the scene. You can add additional pins to the map to denote additional information if necessary.
Should the event grow in complexity, I have the entire set of ICS forms that I can use to set up and document a formal command structure. This allows me a great deal of flexibility in managing both small and large scale incidents. And I’ve failed to mention the obvious access to Email and to documentation on the Internet. With access to cellular data from my phone or a mobile hotspot, I have an entire library of information at my fingertips. And I can file my incident report or send detailed sit-reps right from the scene.
There is no doubt that the iPad is a revolutionary incident management tool. I’m not planning to pick up the iPad 2, though the front and rear-facing cameras would add even more versatility to this tool. And yes, this post was drafted completely with my iPad :)