Adopting Integrated Emergency Management in the United States

November 1991 (VOL. 9, NO. 3)

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U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials have promoted the Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) since 1981. IEMS has many components intended to serve all levels of government in developing, maintaining, and managing an efficient and cost-effective emergency management capability. This study analyzes the implementation of IEMS, and based upon interviews, and primary and secondary source information, reports what U.S. local emergency managers think of FEMA\\'s IEMS initiative and how far local governments have gone in adopting IEMS.