Emergency Management News

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FEMA Releases the Refreshed National Incident Management System #NIMS @FEMA

This year’s active hurricane and fire seasons highlight the importance of working together before, during, and after disasters of all types and sizes. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards.  

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the refreshed NIMS to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.  

Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the Nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.  

The refreshed NIMS: 
  • Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;
  • Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;
  • Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
  • Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;
  • Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and
  • Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups. 

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS. The webinars will be open to the whole community.

To review the refreshed NIMS document and for additional webinar information, visit: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system

FEMA continues to support strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events, and emergencies. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What did I just see, hear, feel?

Here's a brief followup  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)​ and Oklahoma Geological Survey​ folks.

The latter has a reporting page for reporting unknown events.  The sensors locally are not right IN City of Altus but close. 

http://www.ou.edu/content/ogs/research/earthquakes/seismicstations.html shows them.

When you see, hear, feel something, in addition to reporting, go to the Seismic Monitoring Program and see what recorded.  The site does not display much time but

shows a couple of shakes around 5 p.m. or so.

The site up closer to Mangum, Oklahoma​ was a little more active ... 

If it's unknown, continue to report.   Please do not call 911, unless there is life or property threatened.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coping Mechanisms: Children and Disasters #WRN #SMEM

Children Coping with Disasters
Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it is important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.  

According to child psychologists, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.

Adult behavior, thoughts, and feelings often influence children’s reactions. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:
  • Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
  • Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
  • Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
  • Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.

For more information about helping children cope with disaster, visit www.ready.gov/coping-with-disaster.