Since the attacks of 9/11/01, Homeland Security has received a great deal of attention, and Emergency Management plays a lead role in coordinating local efforts.
Washington State is divided into nine Homeland Security Regions. Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties make up Region IV. The four counties of our region are working together to better prepare our First Responders with training, equipment, interoperable communications, plans, ecercises and other resources.
— US Department of Homeland Security
NIMS and NRF
The National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the National Response Plan (NRP) describe the way the nation will deal with emergencies and disasters, manmade or natural, anywhere in the country.
The management structure for any response is the Incident Command System (ICS).
Jurisdictions are require to be NIMS compliant to qualify for any federal funding. A key component of NIMS compliance is completing courses in NIMS, NRP and ICS.
These courses are available online:
First Responders at all levels should complete these courses.