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Peru behind with NIMS

Posted by wlpo on October 8, 2009

If a major disaster hits Peru, the city’s ready with a disaster plan that’s been approved by city and emergency officials.  But the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers another kind of disaster response plan the city isn’t up to speed with, yet.
It’s called NIMS, or National Incident Management System.  Peru Fire Chief Jeff King is getting ready to tackle 54 pages of planning and protocol, all online.
King says the city is about five years behind and without it, they’ll start missing out on FEMA grants.  King told council members during Wednesday night’s informal meeting everyone will be required to take online training.
King says NIMSCASTS are for major disasters, like tornados, and situation where they would be receiving help from other communities and emergency responders.
He says getting caught up won’t happen overnight, but he’s hoping they can be where they need to in a year.  He says it will be a lot to do at first, but eventually it will just be annual training.
The city council plans on acting on two items related to NIMS at Monday’s formal meeting.

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