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Businesses and organizations are not immune to crisis. When an organizational crisis occurs, you need to act immediately and correctly. You need to know what to do and when to do it. You need to know who to notify and who to get involved. People involved in emergency response and crisis management need to understand their role and what they are expected to do. Everyone needs to work together as a team.
While most emergency situations are handled locally, when there's a major incident, help may be needed from other jurisdictions, the state and the federal government. NIMS was developed so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management.