San Francisco to adopt National Incident Management System
From the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services
September 27, 2005
At the request of Annemarie Conroy, Director of the Office of
Emergency Services and Homeland Security, Supervisor Fiona Ma
today introduced a resolution to make San Francisco compliant
with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
"In the wake of events that occurred in the Gulf Coast,
and the lack of coordination between local, state and federal
officials, San Francisco is taking the necessary steps to adopt
the NIMS," said Annemarie Conroy.
"San Francisco has already coordinated its disaster planning
and training with other levels of government, and implementing
this system will only make it stronger."
NIMS is a nationwide system for federal, state, local and tribal
governments to work together to prevent, prepare for, and respond
to emergency incidents of any nature or size. Specifically, NIMS
- Standardized organizational structures, processes and procedures;
- Standards for planning, training and exercising, and personnel
- Equipment acquisition and certification standards;
- Interoperable communications processes, procedures and systems;
- Unified information management systems; and
- Supporting technologies - voice and data communications systems,
information systems, data display systems and specialized technologies.
The system is based in large part upon California's Standard
Emergency Management System, which has been in place for nearly
a decade. In order to receive federal preparedness grants for
fiscal year 2007, local governments will be required to adopt
"When the National Incident Management System is adopted
and used nationwide, it will form a standardized and unified framework
for incident management within which government at all levels
can work together effectively," said Supervisor Fiona Ma.
"I'm proud that San Francisco is taking the right steps to
ensure we have a solid system in place in case of a catastrophic
The City's Emergency Operations Plan, which was updated this
year for the first time in almost ten years, already conforms