EXECUTIVE SUMMARY





National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resolution



Formally recognizing the NIMS by adopting the proposed resolution.



Tucker, Foley, Davis, Miller, Eggleston, Hanson, Russo





September 7, 2005                   


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On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 that directed the 
Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a National Incident Management System.  On March 1, 2004 the 
Secretary issued The National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS is a comprehensive national 
approach to incident management that provides all levels of government with standard management processes, 
protocols and procedures that all emergency personnel will follow in order to work effectively and efficiently together 
to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from domestic incidents regardless of size or cause.  



3.1.1 County will establish a strategy to ensure its public safety system meets the demands of a growing county. 



The proposed resolution formally recognizes the NIMS and adopts its principles and policies.  The adoption of this 
resolution is one of five Federal Fiscal Year 2005 compliance requirements we must complete in order to qualify for 
Federal preparedness assistance in FFY 2006.  All local governments and state agencies must comply with these 
requirements by September 30, 2005.  The four additional requirements are:
1.       Local governments must identify individuals who will be required to complete the web-based NIMS Awareness 
Course: “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An introduction” IS-700 and ensure those required 
complete it by September 30, 2005.  
2.       Local governments must establish a baseline by determining which NIMS requirements they already meet.
3.       Local governments must establish a timeframe and develop a strategy for full NIMS implementation by 
September 30, 2006.
4.       Local governments must institutionalize the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) across the entire 
response system. 

Full compliance is not required to receive FFY 2005 grant funds.  However, to receive FFY 2006 preparedness funding, applicants will need to certify as part of their FFY 2006 grant applications that they have met FFY 2005 NIMS requirements.   Beginning FFY 2007 (Oct. 1, 2006), federal preparedness assistance will be conditioned on full compliance with the NIMS.  Full compliance has not been defined by the NIMS Integration Center as of yet. 


Police and Fire Rescue are familiar with this system as they have already received training on and are using the system to a large degree.  Additional measures to more fully implement the new requirements will be underway over the coming months.  Our Regional Emergency Operations Plan has also been updated to indicate that our region has implemented the use of the NIMS.



None at this time.  Training is provided free by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM).



Staff recommends that the Board approve the proposed resolution adopting the NIMS for Albemarle County.


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