Navajo County’s Emergency Management’s (NCEM) team follows the federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) structures to allow activities to be conducted in a seamless fashion.
ICS was initially developed in the 1970’s as a result of problems managing rapidly moving wildfires. It was soon realized that disastrous/fatal errors did and/or could have been avoided. From these lessons learned, Navajo County’s Emergency Management team is trained to follow standardized reporting structures based on the size and type of event.
NIMS came as a result of the 9/11 incident requiring all agencies, whether federal, state, local or tribal to follow standard protocols inherent in the ICS structure.
Navajo County’s Emergency Management team’s is comprised of several key personnel within the organization that have specialized knowledge or technical experience. These team members are not always present in the Emergency Operations Center; however, we are able to obtain necessary information from them when requested.