Special General Memorandum 2006-04
The Indian Health Service (IHS) may be called upon to respond to and/or assist in recovery from the effects of emergency incidents or natural and man-made disasters. Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 requires Federal departments and agencies to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the model to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency incidents and disasters.
The purpose of this memorandum is to adopt the use of the NIMS and the IHS emergency management concept of operations. This will enable the IHS to provide a consistent Agency approach that will work effectively and efficiently together with Federal, State, local, and Tribal Governments to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic emergency and disaster incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
The Director, IHS Emergency Services, shall:
If you have any question regarding this directive, please contact Mr. Steve (Sid) Caesar, Director, IHS Emergency Services, at 301-443-2070.
/Charles W. Grim, DDS/
Charles W. Grim, D.D.S., M.H.S.A.
Assistant Surgeon General
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