VITEMA conducts exercises to test the readiness of its emergency operations centers and other government agencies territorially throughout the year. The agency also initiates training to increase preparedness in all aspects of emergency management and homeland security.
The Preparedness Division is tasked with providing training and coordinating exercises for first responders, emergency managers, volunteers and others involved in the disaster response. Our mission is to ensure that our first responders and emergency managers have access to the most current information and best practices.
The NIMS approach fosters coordination and cooperation (interoperability) between public and private entities in a variety of domestic incident management activities regardless of cause, size, or complexity. The NIMS components consist of Command and Management, Preparedness, Resource Management, Communications and Information Management, Supporting Technologies, and Ongoing Management and Maintenance.
The Incident Command System (ICS) is the most important tool in the NIMS component of Command and Management. ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure. Multi-disciplined agencies such as fire, EMS, law enforcement, health, public works, emergency management, and government administration will use ICS to communicate priorities, plans, and actions to one another. ICS will assist all the agencies on the team in the implementation of an incident "game plan!"