Purpose: The Incident Briefing provides the incoming Incident/EOC Commander and incident management team with the basic information regarding the status of the incident and the resources allocated to the incident. In addition to a briefing document, the IMS 201 also serves as an initial action worksheet and a permanent record of the initial response to the incident. The IMS 201 is superseded by and expires when a written IAP is developed.
Preparation: The briefing form is initiated at the start of an incident by the Incident/EOC Commander (or Planning Section and/or other delegated individual). It is maintained and updated until a written IAP is developed.
Distribution: Presented to incoming incident management team and distributed as necessary to all activated functions. Ideally, the IMS 201 is duplicated and distributed before the initial briefing of the Command and General Staff and other responders as appropriate. It is important to ensure the sections on Background, Current Situation, Map and Summery of Current actions (3-6) are given to the Situation Unit, while the sections on Current Organization and Resource Summary (7-8) are given to the Resources Unit.