Frankfort, KY: Officials with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security yesterday hosted a National Incident Management System (NIMS) workshop for representatives of each of Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts. The informational workshop is the first of up to 15 such workshops being held throughout Kentucky. In the coming months, NIMS will become the standard incident management protocol for the entire Commonwealth and represents Kentucky’s leadership in implementing national homeland security compliance measures.
The NIMS provides a common approach to state and national response that will enable responders at all levels to work together more effectively to manage domestic incidents. NIMS includes a core set of guidelines, standards, and protocols for command and management, preparedness, and communications in emergency situations.
“The National Incident Management System is a critical directive from President Bush that will ensure every county across the Commonwealth is working together under the same guidelines and procedures if a homeland security event were to occur,” said Keith Hall, Kentucky’s Director of Homeland Security. “Kentucky is quickly becoming a national leader in NIMS implementation, and I am proud to have Kentucky’s Area Development Districts serve as a key preparedness partner in this effort.”
Developed by the Secretary of Homeland Security at the request of the President, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) integrates effective practices in emergency preparedness and response into a comprehensive national framework for incident management. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is the state administrative agency in the Commonwealth charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fully integrate the NIMS into all incident management protocols and procedures.
More information regarding the dates and times of these upcoming workshops will be released soon.