FEMA Wants Stakeholder Input on NIMS
FEMA is working on an update to the NIMS documents and wants your thoughts!
FEMA is working on an update (what they are calling a “refresh”) of the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”). NIMS was last reviewed in 2004 and 2008, incorporating lessons learned, best practices, national policy updates that occurred between publishing. Part of the development of new governmental policies is the input from stakeholders. I know wherever I have been we’ve had practitioners with great ideas and thoughts of how to make programs better; this is the chance to be heard.
Most significant to the NIMS update is the introduction of Center Management System (“CMS”) guidance that helps provide a common structure and activation scheme for operations and coordination centers. Though its not mandatory as part of preparedness grant programs. However as we all know with most things in the government, once something is introduced it’s usually a matter of time before it becomes required.
FEMA is hosting a series of Webinars to discuss the proposed changes and provide information how to give feedback. Here is a list of the dates and times of each:
- Monday, April 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM Eastern – Visit the Registration Page Here
- Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM Eastern – Visit the Registration Page Here
- Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM Eastern – Visit the Registration Page Here
- Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern – Visit the Registration Page Here
- Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM Eastern – Visit the Registration Page Here
To take a look at the draft document and the feedback form Visit FEMA’s document page by Clicking Here.
The Comment Period will end on May 9th at 5:00 PM Eastern, so don’t wait too long to think about those ideas and write them down!
Visit FEMA’s Statement by Clicking Here.