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NIMS stands for “National Incident Management System”, an initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NIMS is a standardized system for emergency operations and terminology that will eventually be utilized for every unit of government in the United States. The need for a standardized system was dramatically highlight by both the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters. 

FEMA has directed that local jurisdictions become NIMS compliant (adopt certain practices and have personnel attain NIMS certifications). In order to be eligible for federal funding for emergency management. The Village of Barrington is 100% NIMS compliant. More importantly, the Village is recognized as a leader in local government emergency management planning and NIMS compliance. It also should be noted that the State of Illinois is considered to be one of the most emergency-ready states in the country. 


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