EOC Tactics Worksheet (IMS 215-E)
Purpose: The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tactics Worksheet is used to communicate the decisions made by the Operations Section Chief during the Tactics Meeting, concerning the specific tactics to be accomplished for the next operational period. Tactics are linked to specific Strategies and Objectives, recorded in the IMS 202 form.
Preparation: The IMS 215-E is initiated by the Operations Section Chief. Its completion often involves Logistics personnel, Planning Section Personnel, and the Safety Officer. After the form is completed during the Tactics Meeting, it is shared with the rest of the Command and General Staff as soon as possible (at latest, during the Planning Meeting). It may be useful in some disciplines or jurisdictions to pre-fill IMS 215-E copies prior to incidents (e.g. for regularly occurring incidents or for specific contingency plans).
Please Note: if the incident involves the deployment of physical resources with specific work assignments, the IMS-215-G Operational Planning Worksheet should be used instead (or alongside) the IMS 215-E. Some tactics may also require separate/supporting plans (i.e. evacuation planning for specific community).
Distribution: When complete, the IMS 215-E is distributed to the Planning Section (Resources Unit) to assist in the preparation of the Assignment Lists (IMS 204). The IMS 215-E may also be attached as an annex to the IAP or posted in the EOC to ensure all staff are aware of the key tactics/deliverables established for the operational period. The Logistics Section may use a copy of this worksheet for preparing requests for resources required for the next operational period. Note: This worksheet may be made into a wall-mount. If additional pages are needed, use a blank IMS 215-E and repaginate as needed.
Print the name assigned to the incident.
Enter the start date (YYYY/MM/DD) and time (using the 24-hour clock) and end date and time for the operational period, to which the form applies.
Enter clear, concise statements of the objectives for managing the response for this operational period. Ideally, these objectives will be listed in priority order. This information may be obtained from IMS 202 Incident Objectives (if completed).
Enter clear, concise statements of the strategies to achieve objectives. These may be recorded individually for specific objectives or collectively for all objectives. This information may be obtained from IMS 202 Incident Objectives (if completed).
Enter clear, concise statements of the tactics to achieve strategies/objectives. Tactics should explain how strategies should be carried out (i.e. how resources will be deployed to achieve incident strategies). When relevant, specific information on work and resource assignments may be obtained from IMS 215-G Operational Planning Worksheet (if in use). Alternatively, tactics may be developed/ entered directly into this form during the Tactics Meeting.
Enter the name of a specific resource assigned responsibility to complete the tactic. When relevant, specific information on work and resource assignments may be obtained from IMS 215-G Operational Planning Worksheet (if in use). Alternatively, tactics may be developed/ entered directly into this form during the Tactics Meeting.
List any special considerations that may be relevant to the completion of the tactic. This may include notes on urgency, priority, deadline, support, etc.
Enter the name, IMS position and signature of the person preparing the form. Enter the date (YYYY/MM/DD) and time prepared (24-hour clock).