Page updated: 27 November 2020
Initial Action starts immediately after Awareness. It usually involves activating, mobilising, and tasking SAR resources. It also includes all activity associated with seeking amplifying information.
The quality and quantity of the information received in Awareness determines what will be done in the Initial Action stage. By analysing the information received in Awareness, people involved in Initial Action will establish whether significant search activity is needed or not.
The Incident Controller needs to make sure all activity that can be carried out, is carried out in a timely way. Where possible, the Incident Controller must try to:
If an incident is judged to need a SAR response after the Awareness stage, the incident should be considered as in the distress phase. The only exception to this is when there is clear evidence that the incident is not in the distress phase.
Actions taken in the Initial Action stage must be planned and linked to a specific objective.
Initial Action can be pre-planned in readiness plans. Pre-planned Initial Actions should be linked to generic objectives for common scenarios described in readiness plans.
The Incident Controller should approve planned responses that are specific to the incident.
These factors include: