Essay on The National Incident Management System

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The National Incident Management System
Our experiences of domestic terrorist attacks have taught us many things. For one, it showed how the localized structures and preparedness are not sufficient to effectively and efficiently respond to actual events and threats. It showed how the involvement of agencies at various levels of government could have increased response capacity and how a national approach could have ensured a level of preparedness that is proportionate to the levels of threat that may be experienced. Thus, the National Incident Management System developed standards operating procedures or codes to enhance the different areas of incident management, principles, planning, organization, training, logistics and actual
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Observing an incident on the state level, success of operations is dependent on effective mobilization and utilization of outside resources. Everybody has to understand that these resources must be organized and utilize a common plan, so as it is stated through an incident action planning process. Thus, resources are expected to be integrated with a purpose of providing effective attack to a common problem and the system is flexible to adapt all circumstances. In case when all basic principles expressed in NIMS will be implemented, significant progress is guaranteed.
A basic premise of NIMS is that all incidents begin and end locally. NIMS don’t take command away from State and local authorities. NIMS simply provide the framework to enhance the ability of responders, including the private sector and NGOs, to work together more effectively. The Federal Government supports State and local authorities when their resources are overwhelmed or anticipated to be overwhelmed. Federal departments and agencies respect the sovereignty and responsibilities of local, tribal, and State governments while rendering assistance. The intention of the Federal Government in these situations is not to command the response, but rather to support the affected local, tribal, and/or State governments (NIMS 2008 Page 121). .
Preparedness is essential for effective incident and emergency management and involves engaging in a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping,
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