Attended a NIMS ICS-300 class this week. This class discussed the incident command process for larger incidents and events. For the non-Fire service folks, this is basically a resource management process or system. One of the early process steps in dealing with an incident is to develop incident objectives. These objectives guide the mitigation priorities to ensure life safety, incident stabilization and property preservation. The incident objectives state what will be accomplished.
Incident objectives need to be Specific in describing the objective, Measurable, Action oriented, Realistic and Time sensitive. You can use the acronym SMART as a tool in remembering the characteristics for good objectives.