Nims & Incident Management System

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Nathan Bizzle
HLS 420-Preparedness, Prevention And Deterrence
MAR-MAY 2014

Picture yourself as an FBI agent in the Afred P. Murrah Federal Building in the city of Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. At 9:02 a.m. a bomb is detonated on the North side of the building reducing a third of the building to rubble incinerating dozens of nearby cars and damaging or destroying some 300 nearby buildings. (Terror Hits Home, 2014) As a first responder, it is imperative that you are able to communicate with local law enforcement, medical agencies and government intelligence agencies as quick as possible in order to ensure that medical care is rendered, innocents are rescued, infrastructure is saved and the source of the destruction is apprehended. The only problem is that you have no expertise in the field of emergency management. You are unaware of neither local nor federal operating procedures in response to such a devastating attack. If only there were a uniform set of processes and procedures that enabled all emergency responders at all levels to work together effectively and efficiently in the management of domestic incidents regardless of their size and complexity. Unfortunately for first responders, emergency management personnel and 168 unfortunate souls in Oklahoma City on that fateful day, there wasn’t. Derived from the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) was developed by the Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, to develop a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, tribal and local governments to prepare for and respond to disaster. (NIMS and the Incident Command System, 2004) This systematic approach to incident management was set up with focus on five key areas to practice in the emergency management and incident response. These five focus points used in conjunction with the Incident…...

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