BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:
WHEREAS, emergency response to critical incidents, whether natural or manmade, requires integrated professional management; and
WHEREAS, unified command of such incidents is recognized as the management model to maximize the public safety response; and
WHEREAS, the national incident management system, herein referred to as NIMS, has been identified by the federal government as being the requisite emergency management system for all political subdivisions; and
WHEREAS, failure to adopt NIMS as the requisite emergency management system may preclude reimbursement to the political subdivision for costs expended during and after a declared emergency or disaster and for training and preparation for such disasters or emergencies.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that it shall be the public policy of the city of Duluth to adopt the NIMS concept of emergency planning and unified command. It shall further be the policy of the city of Duluth to train public officials responsible for emergency management.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: In order to qualify for federal programs, the city must join the NIMS system.