The National Incident Management System (NIMS) will be holding a series of open meetings to help area communities prepare for disaster management.
NIMS was issued by the Department of Homeland Security two years ago this month, to provide a comprehensive and consistent national approach to all-hazard incident management.
"The support of local elected and appointed officials in NIMS implementation nationwide is key to preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any emergency or disaster," notes Robert Christensen, Buena Vista County Emergency Management coordinator.
NIMS compliance is designed to be a community-wide effort. "All emergencies and disasters are local events!" is the credo of the program.
The benefit of NIMS is most evident at the local level, when a community as a whole prepares for and provides an integrated response to an incident.
For more information about the NIMS consult the NIMS web site at http://www.fema.gov/nims.
NIMS-700 classes are scheduled at four area locations:
* March 27, Alta Community Center, 6 p.m.
* March 28, Newell Fire Station, 6 p.m.
* April 3, Marathon Community Center 6 p.m.
* April 10, Rembrandt Fire Station 6 p.m.
City/County officials, volunteer groups and the general public are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Christensen at 749-2705.