National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was established by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004. NIMS guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents.  Federal funding for preparedness grants was tied to NIMS compliance starting in FFY 2006. The ICS has been established by the NIMS as the standardized incident organizational structure for the management of all incidents. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has adopted NIMS and all KDA employees are required to take NIMS training as part of their new employee orientation. Employees who are involved in incident management are required to have advanced training. Employees serving on the KDA Incident Management Team take even more advanced, position specific training and they participate in all exercises conducted by the department.

KDA Incident Management Team

The KDA Incident Management Team is made up of approximately 100 individuals that work in over 20 programs and divisions across the department. The team consists of veterinarians, food safety inspectors, laboratory personnel, administrative professionals, plant pathologists and a wide variety of other titles spread across the agency. Since the Department is responsible for responding to incidents involving food and agriculture, it is essential that we train staff and prepare to lead a response.

Training Requirements for IMT