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CPI's NIMS Implementation Program

As required under Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the National Incident Management System enables responders from different communities with a variety of job responsibilities to better work together. Everyone has a role to play in NIMS implementation—fire and rescue, law enforcement, hospitals and healthcare systems, transportation systems, public works, voluntary agencies, private industry, nongovernmental organizations, and many others—not only in responding to an event, but in ongoing preparedness activities as well. Effective and consistent integration of the NIMS across Federal, State and local governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations, will result in a strengthened national capability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of incident.

NIMS Adoption

1. Adoption of NIMS – CPI has formally adopted NIMS.

2. NIMS Point of Contact – CPI shall provide the NIMS POC to local emergency management authorities and make it a priority to meet the other POCs within the response community.

Association to NIMS
NIMS uses a systems approach to integrate the best of existing processes and methods into a unified national framework for incident management. This framework forms the basis for interoperability and compatibility that will, in turn, enable a diverse set of private organizations to conduct well integrated and effective incident management operations.

Command and Management

1. Use of the Incident Command System (ICS) – CPI’s use of ICS will align the organization with all other responding entities so that deployment is accomplished in a consistent, efficient and effective manner. ICS implementation includes the consistent application of Incident Action Planning and Common Communications Plans.

2. Support Integrated Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACs) - CPI is working to be better able to communicate with local Incident Command Posts (ICPs), local 911 Centers, local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), state EOCs, and regional/federal EOCs.

3. CPI public information system – CPI’s Public Information and Communications Officer shall gather, verify, coordinate, and disseminate information, both within the organization and with others (i.e. media, local emergency management, private sector partners, and other nongovernmental organizations) during an incident.

Association to NIMS
NIMS ICS enables effective and efficient incident management by integrating equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operations. ICS is structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance administration. ICS is also flexible and scalable to allow for the functional areas necessary to be used, and then added to or terminated as necessary.

Preparedness: Planning Activities

1. Planning – CPI’s Organizational plans and SOPs shall incorporate NIMS policies, principles and procedures, to include planning, training, response, exercises, equipment, evaluation and corrective actions.

2. Promotion of Mutual Aid – CPI is presently working to establish memoranda of understanding/memoranda of agreement with government agencies, private sector organizations, and other nongovernmental organizations, to share resources and personnel.

Association to NIMS
As it pertains to NIMS, preparedness is operationally focused on establishing guidelines, protocols, and standards pertinent to planning training and exercises, personal qualifications and certification, equipment certification and publication management.

Preparedness: Training

1. NIMS Training – CPI’s emergency preparedness and response personnel have completed training programs consistent with the NIMS National Standard Curriculum Development Guide, including Incident Command System (ICS-100) and IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction. Command level and supervisory personnel have also completed Incident Command System (ICS-200) and, IS-800 NRP: An Introduction.

Association to NIMS
NIMS represents a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes to enable effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management at all levels. Additionally, NIMS addresses emergency prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs and activities through its training curriculum. These training courses are also attended by response organizations.

Preparedness: Exercises

1. Exercise NIMS – CPI is available to participate in State, regional, and local NIMS-based exercises.

2. Develop NIMS-based Exercise Programs – CPI is developing exercises that are specific to our structure to test the NIMS concepts and principles (i.e. ICS)

3. Identify Corrective Actions – Identify any shortfalls that emerged in the response application of the NIMS concepts and principles. Corrective actions should be identified and applied in future exercises.

Association to NIMS
Everyone that is involved in incident management should participate in realistic multi-agency, multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional exercises to improve integration and interoperability.

Resource Management

1. Inventory Response Assets – CPI is inventorying response assets that are among the 120 resources that have been typed by the NIMS Integration Center, using the NIMS Resource Typing standards. CPI shall share this inventory with local emergency management authorities.

2. Coordinate Mutual Aid Requests – CPI shall exercise its response asset inventory during exercises and training opportunities.

Association to NIMS
Resource management coordinates and oversees the application of tools, processes, and systems that provide incident managers with timely and appropriate resources during an incident. Resources should include personnel, teams, facilities, equipment, and supplies. A resource inventory should be maintained throughout the emergency management life cycle (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation) in order that the organization is prepared for and able to support the event. MOAs and MOUs should be established during pre-incident times.

Communication and Information Management

1. Use of Plain Language – When communicating during a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction, multi-discipline incident, CPI shall apply standardized and consistent terminology. This includes the establishment of plain language communications standards when communicating within the organization, as well as when communicating with other organizations.

Association to NIMS
Effective communications, information management, and information/intelligence sharing (i.e. biological event) are critical aspects of domestic incident management. Maintaining a common operating picture and ensuring accessibility and interoperability are principle goals of communications and information management. When operating in a multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional incident, common language among all responders limits confusion and miscommunications.

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