Consolidating emergency management


Community response actions need to be co-ordinated with the official response.Integrated response co-ordination is the organisation of the responding agencies into a single, cohesive response.CIMS was initially designed in the late 1990s to be applied to all levels of emergency response management, similar to the USA National Incident Management System (NIMS) and to the UK's Gold Silver Bronze command system, however the original CIMS manual clearly articulated only the incident/site level of response co-ordination.CIMS was fully reviewed in 2014 subsequent to the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes, the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster , and the 2011 MV Rena grounding.When agencies have slightly different meanings for terms, confusion and inefficiency can result.Common terminology for functions, processes, and facilities prevents this, improves communications between organisations, and allows faster and more effective responses.Please remedy this by editing this article to remove any non-free copyrighted content and attributing free content correctly, or flagging the content for deletion.Please be sure that the supposed source of the copyright violation is not itself a Wikipedia mirror.

All responses aim to mitigate and manage the consequences for the affected community.This is complicated to a degree, as the person in charge of the operations function, usually an Operations Manager, does have the authority to command agencies to act.Mission: CIMS will create a legacy of safer communities through a proved, reliable, user-friendly, effective and efficient up-to-date [incident management] system.They facilitate information flow and understanding by creating parallel structures and appointments.Common terminology is essential in incident management, especially for multi-agency responses.It aims to establish a common operating picture (an understanding of the situation based on the best available information, shared between all response agencies), and requires a common communications plan, standard procedures, clear text, common communication means, and common terminology.

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