Comprehensive Resource Management and Credentialing System
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), in partnership with the Kansas Homeland Security Regions, launched a new comprehensive resource management tool in September of 2011. This tool allows county emergency managers and emergency response agencies the ability to credential personnel, provide information on availability of assets and personnel during an emergency, the ability to track those assets on scene, and complete incident visibility via the internet. The resource information is collected and stored in the web based Resource Manager Web (RMW) / InterTRAX Exchange system. Resources in the RMW system will be typed by the FEMA Tier I NIMS standards. Assets that fall outside those standards will be identified and given state specific Tier II types as defined by the subject matter experts in the appropriate discipline / Emergency Support Function (ESF). These standards for typing and credentialing are being developed now and the project is expected to be complete July of 2014.
Several of the Regional Homeland Security Councils have implemented accountability and credentialing systems in accordance with NIMS, NFPA and the State Strategic Goals for homeland security. RMW builds upon these systems to provide the entire state of Kansas the opportunity to benefit from the capability.
InterTRAX Exchange is a web based tracking system that allows those with appropriate permissions the ability to track, in near real time, the people and assets on scene at an incident. This will provide the opportunity to predict possible needs to effectively manage the incident.