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National Incident Management System

National Incident Management System While most emergency situations are handled locally, when there's a major incident help may be needed from other jurisdictions, the state and the federal government. NIMS was developed so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management.

The City of Tampa has been active in NIMS for several years and is fully NIMS compliant. 

For more information:
Federal Emergency Management Agency - NIMS Resource Center