Environmental Health & Safety

Incident Command Definitions

Emergency - Call Amherst College Police 

(413) 542-2111 

(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)

January 2012


A post incident meeting for the purpose of critiquing, correcting, and recognizing appropriate or inappropriate response to an emergency incident. Such information gathered to be used to modify and improve the Amherst College Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Emergency Director

The Emergency Director is the person who has command and control over all aspects of the emergency. The Emergency Director must have the authority to make decisions on allocating funding, calling in outside resources, long term closing of facilities, and other long term, high impact decisions. The Emergency Director for Facilities emergencies shall be the Director of Facilities Planning and Management or his/her designee.

Emergency Management Group

The Emergency Management Group (EMG) shall be comprised of College and local officials whose roles are directly related to the incident.

Emergency Operations Center

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the centralized base of operations during an emergency. The EOC for Amherst College shall be the Services Building, unless that is an affected facility. In the event that the Services Building is an affected facility, an alternate location has been established as the Porter Lounge in Converse Hall.

Emergency Shelter

A designated facility which may house community members and independently sustain functions such as electricity, heat, water and waste removal.


Facilities may be considered a single building, a group of buildings or the entire physical plant of the College.

Incident Command System

The Incident Command System (ICS) provides clear guidelines for responses to different emergencies. In the ICS, the Incident Commander is given the authority to assume command, engage the Emergency Management Plan, activate internal and external resources, and order an evacuation.

Incident Commander

The Incident Commander shall oversee the technical aspects of the emergency response. The Incident Commander for Amherst College shall be the most senior administrative manager for the specific incident on location. This most likely will be one of the following titles: Assistant Director of Facilities, Chief of Police, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Projects Supervisor, Deputy Chief of Police or Systems Utilities Engineer. In the absence of all of the above, the most senior police officer will be the Incident Commander until relieved. Upon the arrival of the Amherst Fire Department, overall incident command shall be transferred to the Fire Department in accordance with Massachusetts Law 527 CMR 1.03.

Logistics Officer

The logistics officer will act as an aide to the Amherst College Incident Commander. This will include, but not be limited to, keeping detailed chronological record of all actions taken, all persons present, and any deviations from the policy.