What is an Incident Action Plan (IAP) and when are hospitals required to write an IAP?

The Incident Action Plan contains objectives reflecting the overall incident strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next operational period. The hospital’s IAP is generally comprised of:

The IAP may also have a number of other forms as attachments such as Traffic Plans, Branch Assignments, etc.

Objective 12 of NIMS Implementations Objectives for Healthcare states Incident Command System (ICS) implementation must include the consistent application of incident action planning. Therefore, anytime HICSi is implemented in a drill or exercise, the development of IAPs are required.