FEMA External Support Branch Director Linwood Gantt Jr., left, Robert Bondoni (APO) and Deborah Gordon (Ordering Unit) at Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Irma. (K.C. Wilsey/FEMA)

FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on NIMS Resource Management Documents

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.

The documents include NIMS Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Skillsets User Guide and 17 EOC Skillsets, to help create a national vocabulary for Emergency Operations Center personnel qualifications while remaining flexible for the diversity of EOC organization structures, NQS EOC Director and Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications that define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in these positions, and NQS EOC Director and Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) Position Task Books (PTB) that identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a these positions.

The draft guidance has been developed after interviews with more than 100 state, local, tribal, and territorial EOC leaders, which showed that EOCs vary widely in terms of authorities, mission, and resources.

FEMA is exploring ways that EOCs leaders can determine their own organizational structure according to their needs through this guidance. FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting documents and answer questions related to the foundational guide and supporting tools, which are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments.

The National Engagement Period runs through to May 9.

Download the draft documents and see the schedule of webinars here.

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