National Incident Management System: Enhancing Response to Terrorist Attacks, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, September 29, 2004 [open pdf - 163KB]
From the opening statement of John B. Shadegg. "On March 1, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, acting on Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, announced the approval of the National Incident Management System, or NIMS. This is a particularly important announcement for our Nation's homeland security as NIMS is the Nation's first standardized management system unifying the actions of all levels of governments during a large-scale emergency response. The creation and implementation of NIMS also comports with the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. Specifically the Commission recommended making homeland security funding contingent upon the adoption of an Incident Command System to strengthen teamwork in a crisis, including a regional approach. What does all of this talk about NIMS and incident command mean for America's homeland security? It means that for the first time at all levels of government, be it Federal, State or local, they will be reading from the same playbook and speaking the same language when they respond to an emergency, ranging from a flood or a fire to a terrorist attack. NIMS is designed to provide a controlled, organized and unified command structure, and to respond efficiently and effectively to all major events across the country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Shadegg, Bennie G. Thompson, Donna M. Christensen, Nita M. Lowey, Gil Jameison, P. Michael Freeman, Steve Lenkart, and Joseph Barbera.
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