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Jim Williams Joins State Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT)

Jim Williams, the Public-Private Partnership Operations Officer at the Informatics Research Institute, is now certified by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to be a part of the next generation of rapidly deployable emergency response teams called Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs). 

According to FEMA, IMATs are full-time, rapid-response teams with dedicated staff able to deploy within two hours and arrive at an incident within 12 hours to support the local incident commander.

As a Liaison Officer Member, he and the team will be dispatched within 2 hours and arrive at the incident within twelve to various areas of the state during times of emergency to provide relief to the incident commander and team. They will provide situational awareness for federal and state decision-makers.

The teams are fully compliant with the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, and they train and exercise as a unit. When not deployed, the teams focus on building relationships with public and private sectors through planning, training, and education. 

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Photo: Jim Williams, Public-Private Partnership Operations Officer, Informatics Research Institute