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May 2, 2013

FEMA Getting Feedback on NIMS Update Ideas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Collaboration Community website, www.fema.ideascale.com, is currently being used to assess stakeholders' opinions of possible changes to National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine.

FEMA's National Integration Center (NIC) is taking feedback and engagement in this way. The site lets visitors express approval or dislike of individual ideas; some are in the negative zone but a few have positive margins of 30 or even 50 "votes." One idea currently in positive territory is this: "FEMA should assist with the implementation Risk Management framework by assisting communities to develop a community specific Risk Register to assess future risks to the community and mitigation activities that can lower the risk score. This would NOT be a FEMA product (so not meant to be tracked as a deliverable with metrics assigned, etc.,) but a communications technique that can start with listening to the community of what they see as future risks and where FEMA can help identify mitigation resources that can help (grants, CRS, future conditions modeling, etc.,). The community would own this risk register in that FEMA is only interested in helping them apply this to become more resilient. However, it would be a good way for FEMA to measure action as a result of the Risk MAP program. The key concept here is to apply the Risk Management approach as a communications process rather than a part of production task."

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http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/05/02/fema-getting-feedback-on-nims-update-ideas.aspx