The Answer is Cost considerations of responding agencies. The Question” which factor does not impact the complexity of an incident” has multiple choices: political sensitivity, external influences, media relations, Cost considerations of responding agencies, community, and responder safety, and potentially hazardous materials.
What is Incident Complexity in NIMS Guideline?
The mix of related factors that affect the likelihood of incident control is called incident complexity. Many factors influence an incident’s complexity, including but not limited to the area involved, the threat to life and property, organizational complexity, political sensitivity, jurisdictional boundaries, weather, values at risk, strategy, and tactics, and agency policy. Incident complexity is considered when deciding on incident management level, staffing, and safety.
What are the Factors used to Analyze Incident Complexity?
• The effects on life, property, and the economy
• The Safety of the community and safety of first responders
• Potentially toxic substances
• Weather and other external factors
• Probability of cascading incidents
• Possible criminal scene
• Political sensitivity, exposure to outside influences, and media relations
• The geographical area concerned, as well as the jurisdictional borders
• Resource availability
Complex incidents are larger situations with increased incident complexity that span numerous operational periods and quickly develop to multijurisdictional and/or interdisciplinary initiatives requiring outside resources and assistance.
The Incident Complexity Guide is recognized nationally (USA) as part of a suite of emergency management resources provided by FEMA’s National Integration Center (NIC). Its concepts and instructions can improve national preparation and encourage the proper implementation of NIMS and the National Preparedness System.
We hope you now understand which factor does not impact the complexity of an incident and have a general understanding of incident complexity.