The Missouri Incident Management System (MIMS) is a culmination of State and local resources coming together to serve Missourians in their time of need to minimize human suffering. The MIMS is a comprehensive resource which plays an essential role in support and management of response to and recovery from local/state/national emergencies, natural disasters and public events. The MIMS is comprised of one (1) Type III State Incident Management Team and three (3) Type III Regional Incident Support Teams. Together these teams operate under this common operating guideline, supporting a common incident management process creating synergy to serve Missouri citizens. This concept epitomizes Missourians serving Missourians with the highest level of incident management capabilities and nationwide best practice.

The goals and objectives of the MIMS is to:

  1. Provide an “All‐Hazard” Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) as a resource to agencies in Missouri for critical incidents and events.
  2. Provide “All‐Hazard” Type III Regional Incident Support Teams (IST) as a resource to agencies in Missouri for critical incidents and events.
  3. Provide for incident safety, incident planning, operational coordination, support and fiscal accountability in an expedient manner for all‐hazard incidents and planned events.
  4. Provide a mission ready management resource for incidents or planned events.
  5. MIMS will be a resource for Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests.

Concept of Operations

  1. Deployment may be in support of the following types of events:
    1. SEMA SEOC Activations
    2. Multi Agency Coordination Centers
    3. Local incidents
    4. EMAC Deployments

The MIMS operates using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as outlined in Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 and as adopted by the State of Missouri. Incidents and special events may overwhelm the ability of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to adequately provide incident management due to the size, scope and/or complexity. All disaster response begins and ends at the local level, and the goal of MIMS is to provide assistance to local response agencies by integrating within the local incident management structure. Best practice would be to have a MIMS IC as Deputy to the local IC and MIMS Command and General staff working alongside supporting local command and general staff. MIMS priority will be given to saving lives and protecting property, in that order. The State may initiate provision of assistance if there are indications that the local resources may become overwhelmed.

MIMS may support the management of a disaster, large incident or multiple incidents when the complexity or span of control exceeds the local entity’s capacity to effectively manage the event. Simply stated, MIMS can relieve some of the burden on local authorities by helping organize and manage while allowing the local officials to achieve and maintain a better overall perspective of the event. As the event stabilizes and transitions into recovery, the processes put in place by the MIMS are transitioned back entirely to the local jurisdiction.

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Following Super Storm Sandy, members of the Region D IST supported the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center on Long Island, N.Y.

The objective of the MIMS is to assist the affected jurisdiction in meeting operational objectives by providing guidance, direction, and coordination. The team members’ expertise allows for cost effective incident management while fostering positive relationships. The incident management skills provided by the MIMS also allow multiple jurisdictions to communicate and work together to provide a more organized and focused response.

One of the most critical functions of MIMS is providing both short-term and long-term planning capabilities. A requesting jurisdiction may rapidly become taxed in the handling of the immediate needs of the incident and documentation can quickly fall behind. The MIMS will complete situational and resource status documentation and an incident action plans (IAP) for each operational period. MIMS will implement communication with regional and state coordinating and support entities such as Multi-Agency Coordination Centers and the State Emergency Operations Center. This documentation and communication coordinated by the team can lead to a more effective recovery process.

When a MIMS resource is requested, the response team will be made up of members trained and organized to support disaster responses operating alongside the local incident commander/unified command (IC/UC) utilizing the National Incident Management System. The response includes staffing to provide for 24 hour operations usually managed in 12-hour shifts (operational periods). MIMS recognizes the value of local expertise and will incorporate local participants into the management structure to ensure the most successful outcome.

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Members of the Region F IST participate in the Vigilant Guard Exercise, November 2012.

A MIMS resource is designed to be operationally and logistically self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours to avoid burdening the already taxed requesting jurisdiction.

Requests for deployment of a MIMS resource should be made through your SEMA Regional Coordinator or SEMA.

For more information about the Missouri Incident Management System, contact SEMA Deputy Operations Michael White.