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FEMA releases revised NIMS

Emergency Management Alert, December 30, 2008

On December 18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an updated edition of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

NIMS is noted in the 2009 Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) emergency management standards as one of the many models for incident command structure available to healthcare organizations. NIMS is also required of hospitals that receive certain federal funding.

The new revisions update the original version released in March 2004. The new system clarifies concepts, offers better strategies for incorporating preparedness, and improves the overall readability of the document. For example, the new document places greater importance on preparedness, and includes full integration of non-governmental organizations (NGO).

The revision involved more than 100 representatives from various government officials, NGO’s, and emergency management experts, and considered nearly 6,000 comments from 280 individuals and organizations.

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