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FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0 | Part 2

FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0 | Part 2

Eighteen months after the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 1.0 was published– much like the levees that were supposed to protect the people of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge– it collapsed. And we should have seen it coming. After all, NIMS 1.0 was drafted under duress, at a time when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was an empty shell, having been shucked by an ideology that it was an unnecessary agency. To the contrary, NIMS 3.0...

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FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0

FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0

On October 17th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published National Incident Management System (NIMS), Third Edition. Released fifteen months after the public draft, NIMS 3.0 is the first update of the Nation's incident management system since March of 2008. And at 132 pages it weighs in nearly 40 pages lighter than NIMS 2.0, making it more efficient, nimble. Right?

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Congress Pushes Back on HPP, PHEP, EMPG Cuts

Congress Pushes Back on HPP, PHEP, EMPG Cuts

Congress is pushing back on the President's proposed funding cuts to key programs that drive state and local disaster mitigation and preparedness for Nation's emergency management, public health, and the healthcare systems. Congressional sub-committees have rebuked the White House's desired cuts to ASPR, CDC, and FEMA.

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NIMS Refresh 2016: Do Healthcare Coalitions Fit?

NIMS Refresh 2016: Do Healthcare Coalitions Fit?

FEMA recently released a draft of the National Incident Management System refresh (NIMS 3.0), the first update since 2008. And they introduced a new term, the Center Management System (CMS). When response and recovery operations are in play, it is within the CMS that healthcare coalitions appear to plug in.

But they don't.

You see, there’s a distinct difference between a healthcare coalition and what NIMS 3.0 defines as an operations/coordination center – which is nestled into the newly coined CMS.

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Maybe it's time that state and local governments put their money where their mouth is and fund local emergency management as they do police and fire; maybe its time they stop gambling with their constituents’ lives – maybe its time they stop waiting for emergency management to become a federal priority. Because Congress was never in love with emergency management, and left the dance with homeland security in 2001.

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Terrorism is more like a communicable disease than a tornado or earthquake. One can't really prevent a tornado or earthquake from occurring, or stop them from causing damage once they do. But, communicable diseases and terrorist potentially can be stopped in their tracks – and prevented from spreading from state-to-state – through proactive national strategies and associated funding. Maybe this explains why America has a National Homeland Security Strategy and a National Health Security Strategy, but not a National Emergency Management Strategy?

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