Purpose and Context
of Incidents by Duration>>
Incidents can be divided into two types based upon
the characteristic of duration. While duration does not itself inform
us regarding the significance of the incident, it does define our ability
to respond and to take mitigating action to improve the end result.
Finite Incidents: Incidents that occur and then rapidly or instantaneously
cease normally involve equally rapid initial restorations. Most accidents
and emotion driven violence fall into this category.
Evolving Incidents: Incidents that unfold over time. Their protracted
nature can result from:
Any of these can create
situations far more significant than the initial disclosure might indicate.
Flooding, fires, structural instability, infrastructure degradation, contagious
diseases, civil disturbances, and purposeful acts of destruction or violence
are examples of evolving incidents. Most of the response and restoration
issues in this manual apply to evolving incidents.
- The scope or impact
of their cause,
damages (second order effects), or
- An inability to
effectively mitigate their effects or control their progression.
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