Local Government

Marion County adopts National Incident Management System

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 8:45 pm Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 8:57 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Marion County took a step forward Monday in preparing for potential disasters or domestic incidents.

The Marion County Commission passed a resolution agreeing to adopt the National Incident Management System.

NIMS is a national standard for providing a consistent approach to the management of situations involving natural disasters, man-made disasters or terrorist actions.

NIMS resolutions are being adopted by cities, counties and states across the nation in response to the Department of Homeland Security's call for a consistent approach when dealing with potentially chaotic incidents that might cross jurisdictional boundaries.

"We've been needing to get a resolution passed," Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said in an interview.

Bode said it makes sense for political subdivisions "to be on the same wavelength" when preparing for -- and dealing with -- disasters and domestic incidents that might occur, such as the coordinated attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

As part of its effort to adopt the NIMS approach, the county sponsored a NIMS training session Monday afternoon for various local officials at the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra.

Up until now, only two Marion County officials have been NIMS-trained and -certified -- Bode and John Hark, Marion County's emergency management director.

Participating in Monday's training -- taught by Hark -- were Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch; Western District Commissioner Steve Begley; Marion County Clerk Valerie Dornberger; Marion County Coordinator Teya Stice; Stice's secretary, Ruth Ann Wright; and Jeff Alton, the regional coordinator for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. Bode also sat in on the training for a while as a refresher.

Bode said he's glad to see Marion County making a more concerted effort to incorporate the NIMS approach.

"Hopefully we'll never have to implement a full-scale emergency situation. But if we do, we've now got more people trained to help out," he said.

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