Friday, June 15, 2007

Safety Propositions: Community Emergency Response Team

One of the initiatives that the federal government initiated in the wake of natural disasters like 9/11 and Katrina is the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT.

I'm attending an introductory CERT class over the next couple of months through the Ramsey County Sheriff's department. Last week we learned about the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Until this week I'd never heard of Presidential Homeland Security Directives (PHSD).
NIMS is mandated for all agencies wishing to receive DHS funding through directive five.

DHS has posted the first eighteen PHSD directives [sic] on their website, but I just read on the Law Librarian Blog about directive twenty.

1 comment:

re:done said...

Keep me informed of your training. I am curious about what you think of what you are learning. NIMS is interesting when pressed upon the fire service. Each agency has an interpretation of what it should be and how it should be used. That, of course, is contrary to the way it is intended to be deployed, but that is just the start of NIMS short coming.