Poughkeepsie...County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that Dutchess County government has filed certification of compliance with the federal mandate requiring the adoption of the National Incident Management System. Certification is a requirement of federal emergency preparedness grant program funding.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “The letter of certification to the New York State Department of Homeland Security was provided on September 29th of this year. Dutchess County has formally adopted NIMS and will consistently use the Incident Command System to preview, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents.”
NIMS provides a consistent, flexible and adjustable national framework where government and private entities at all levels can work together to manage domestic incidents, regardless of their cause, size, location or complexity. Throughout the past several months, county employees from various departments were trained on NIMS and the Incident Command Systems (ICS).
Dutchess County Emergency Response department will continue to provide this vital training in the area of Incident Command to the appropriate employees on a regular basis. Additionally, courses are being provided to local municipalities and fire departments in order to assist them in their obligation to meet the federal mandate.
The certification required Dutchess County Emergency Response to notify all municipalities and fire districts to secure resolutions from their governing bodies, committing to NIMS compliance, as well. The following lists show the local government municipalities and districts that have, or have not registered their compliance.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “We need to have a plan and a process to follow in the event of a disaster or major emergency. NIMS is a proven, standardized methodology and we are committed to having county employees trained and ready to respond. We encourage all the local government municipal leaders to do likewise.”