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

This is not the "source", but I did find it here:


On May 17, 2004, at 2:47 PM, Rex Brooks wrote:

> 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.
> Ciao,
> Rex
> At 10:42 AM -0600 5/17/04, Carl Reed wrote:
>> In case you have not seen this.
>> Carl
>> 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  
>> Rescue.
>> '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: www.fema.gov/preparedness/mutual_aid.shtm.
>> 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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