Integrated Emergency Management System Process Overview   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This Process Overview is intended to provide a general description of the Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) and its relationship to the overall Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission, set forth how the IEMS concept can be applied by State and local governments, and outline plans for implementing various components of IEMS. […] Several major objectives were to be accomplished when the Federal Emergency Management Agency was created in 1979. One objective was to establish a single point of contact for State and local governments to deal with all emergency management programs at the Federal level. Another objective was to broaden the application of emergency preparedness and response resources to all hazards, and to take advantage of the similarities that exist in planning and response functions for peacetime and attack emergencies. Understandably, since FEMA began as a collection of individual agencies, programs, and functions rather than as a unified, composite organization, realization of these objectives has taken time. The realignment of FEMA in October 1981 brought the majority of programs supporting State and local government efforts in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery together in one directorate. Although the multiplicity of programs remained, efforts were made to consolidate the transfer of program funds-to State governments. These efforts culminated in the Comprehensive Cooperative Agreements which are now negotiated annually between FEMA and the States."

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