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To improve NIMS performance, emergency management/response personnel need to participate in realistic exercises. Exercises should:

  • Include multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional incidents.
  • Require interactions with the private sector and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Cover all aspects of preparedness plans, particularly the processes and procedures for activating local, intrastate, and/or interstate mutual aid agreements and assistance agreements.
  • Contain a mechanism for incorporating corrective actions and lessons learned from incidents into the planning process.
Responder wearing protective breathing apparatus

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