IMS slowly going crazy

I’m currently trying to complete an assignment on the Incident Management System (IMS). In it, we have a scenario involving a tornado going through the main part of our fake city, and a list of resources that we need to organize under the Incident Commander using IMS principles to guide us. I’m having trouble getting my head around it, because it all breaks down into smaller groups—or builds up into larger ones, depending on how you look at it. I decided to try and create a visual representation to try and help me sort it out, and this is what it looked like:

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I really like IMS, and in fact I’m in the process of helping to design an exercise that utilizes IMS in the Emergency Operations Centre, but certain things about it just boggle my mind. I’m think once I get my head around it, I’ll more fully understand how it can be applied to situations beyond a site.

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