Nevada Intrastate Mutual Aid System

Mutual aid agreements are strongly encouraged by the federal government under the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Mutual Aid and Resource Management Initiative established under NIMS provides a comprehensive, integrated national mutual aid and resource management system. All mutual aid agreements must incorporate NIMS and the Incident Management System (ICS). The responsibility of preparedness is tasked to the federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, also to include private, nongovernmental organizations and citizens. The Nevada Intrastate Mutual Aid System (IMAS) is in accordance with the Presidential Policy Directive 8 to achieve all-hazards national preparedness.

Chapter 414 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) authorizes the State and its political subdivisions to provide emergency aid and assistance in the event of an emergency or disaster. Chapter 414 authorizes the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to coordinate the provision of equipment, services or facilities owned or organized by the State or its political subdivisions for use in the affected areas upon request of the duly constituted authority of the areas. 

The IMAS was established by the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature. Chapter 414A became effective July 1, 2015 and authorizes the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management to administer the System pursuant to the provisions of the chapter and shall coordinate the provision of mutual aid during the response to and recovery from an emergency or disaster (NRS 414A.100(2) (a)).