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Blog 3: FEMA Training once again

I just recently finished the FEMA training for NIMS and was surprised by the way that it related to what our Crisis Communication class.

NIMS, or the National Incident Management System is the system used for bringing multiple parties together in order to solve a crisis or emergency.  It is what is used when the local group by itself will not work.  I was surprised by how it related to our class for a number of reasons.

I was always curious as to how an issue like the terrorist attack of 9/11 was handled in the aftermath.  We are learning how to deal with crises in class, but so far our dealing have either been with a small incident, or a large incident attributed to one company or organization.  I was always confused as to what happened when there would be a large scale crisis with multiple organizations involved.

NIMS showed exactly what was to happen.  Much like the ICS, NIMS lays out a very specific plan of action and hierarchy that allows communication through the system to be very easy and effective.  NIMS takes everything that we have learned thus far, and blows it up to a larger scale.

This FEMA training for NIMS applies directly to what we have been learning because it is just the next step.  Once someone has learned about the Incident Command System, the next progression is to think bigger and move to a larger scale through NIMS.  I took the training and became certified, and so should everybody else.

  1. October 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Yes, it’s no small task to have a multi-agency response to a major event like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina. Even with processes liked NIMS and ICS in place, these events and the multi-agency coordination can be extremely challenging. Basically, after every event something new is learned to apply the next time around. But that is what is sort of exciting or challenging about this field. It isn’t yet completely figured out.

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