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Subject: [emergency] RE: FEMA - New resources for EM

Thanks, Carl,

Would it be kosher to let us know the source of 
the Press Release? Besides curiosity, I'd like to 
send them the url for the CAP Newsletter and I 
think it would behoove us to discover what other 
work is being done to support NIMS and coordinate 
if needed or possible.


At 10:42 AM -0600 5/17/04, Carl Reed wrote:
>In case you have not seen this.
>WASHINGTON  The Department of Homeland 
>Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency 
>(FEMA) has developed two new resources for 
>emergency managers and first responders to 
>enhance mutual aid systems across the country 
>and help emergency response networks operate 
>more effectively together.
>"President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I are 
>committed to first responders," said Michael D. 
>Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for 
>Emergency Preparedness and Response. "The 
>development of this common terminology for 
>resources in emergency response operations is 
>necessary for effective mutual aid arrangements 
>and interoperability."
>The new resources include The National Mutual 
>Aid Glossary of Terms and Definitions, which 
>provides terms for equipment, teams and 
>personnel used in disasters, and, Resource 
>Typing Definitions  I, which organizes 
>equipment and teams by functional category and 
>'types' them according to capability and/or 
>capacity. Functional categories by which the 
>resources are organized, include Emergency 
>Management, Emergency Medical Systems, 
>Fire/Hazardous Materials, Health and Medical, 
>Law Enforcement, Public Works, and Search and 
>'Resource Typing' is a term used by emergency 
>managers and responders to define the 
>capabilities of a particular resource. For 
>example, the definition for an Urban Search and 
>Rescue Team would specify the numbers and kinds 
>of professionals the team would require, the 
>level of training and certification they must 
>have, the specific equipment needed by the team, 
>and the logistical requirements necessary to 
>maintain the team.
>Resource Typing Definitions  I covers an 
>initial 60 resources; it is anticipated that by 
>the end of FY 2004, a total of 120 typed 
>resources will have been completed and released. 
>The glossary and resource typing definitions may 
>be downloaded from the fema.gov website at: 
>The glossary and resource definitions are part 
>of a Homeland Security and FEMA initiative to 
>support the new National Incident Management 
>System (NIMS), the nation's first standardized 
>management plan that creates a unified structure 
>for federal, state, and local lines of 
>government for incident response.
>FEMA's resource typing initiative will provide 
>states and local jurisdictions with a basis to 
>type, inventory, order, and track federal, 
>state, and local assets. This will ensure that 
>equipment and personnel deployed through NIMS 
>are compatible with those of neighboring 
>jurisdictions that work together through mutual 
>aid agreements.
>On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. 
>Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's 
>continuing mission within the new department is 
>to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all 
>hazards and effectively manage federal response 
>and recovery efforts following any national 
>incident. FEMA also initiates proactive 
>mitigation activities, trains first responders, 
>and manages the National Flood Insurance Program 
>and the U.S. Fire Administration.
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Rex Brooks
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