Information for NWMIMT Members
On this page:
- Team Policies
- How you will be notified
- Get the Push Notification System: $5 per device
- Fillable ICS Forms
- Deployment Go Kit Checklist
- Team Uniforms
- What to Keep in Your Go-Kit
- Useful Links to: Task Books, MEMA and the NWMIMT Twitter Feed
NWMIMT has a series of policies, including:
- Code of Conduct
- Social Media
Team members must agree to these policies found in the Team Policy Guide. New members must sign and agree to them. Failure to abide by these policies could result in dismissal from an event, deployment or the team.
How You will be Notified
The Team uses multiple ways to notify members, depending on the purpose of the message. You don't need to do anything (as long as we have your contact information, to get team emails or Health and Homeland Alert System (HHAN) messages. You do need to enroll in the Push Notification System.
- I Am Responding
- Email: information from the Public Information Officer
- HHAN Alerts: Our back-up notification system
- Please be advised that the HHAN has moved to a new service that generates calls. The new number that you will see when a HHAN call is made is 617-401-9290. Some save this number in their contacts under HHAN to know an alert is coming through to the phone.
- Push Alert System: Another back up system, used especially for local deployments.
- Mobile Phone: During deployments members connect via mobile phone
- Follow us on Twitter during deployments
Enroll in the “Push” Notification Pager Alerting System
Tri-State Alerts is offering a new "Push" option for receiving alerts. The app for your phone costs $5 for each system you use. If you want the app on both your desktop and mobile phone, you will need to pay for each separately...i.e. $10.
While NWMIMT is moving toward using the HHAN for team notifications, the dispatch text/push notifications will continue as a back-up/alternative option.
There are two options for receiving pager notifications via this system.
Option 1: You can receive the alerts as push notifications on your smartphone or tablet by downloading the PushOver app from either the App Store or Google Play. It has a seven-day free trial and then costs $5 to purchase. The advantages of this app is that you control your subscriptions (can subscribe and unsubscribe as much as you want), you can set up quiet hours, and you have a choice of alert sounds. For more information and to subscribe please visit this page: PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Option 2: You can receive the alerts as text messages or emails to your phone/device. This option is subject to delays in the cell phone system, they may end up in your junk mail folder, and they may occasionally be blocked by the service provider as suspected spam. To receive text messages/emails, please enroll using this link TEXT MESSAGES.
This system automatically converts pager notifications from the Simulcast1 system to audio recordings and delivers them to subscribers via email, text message, or push notification.
While all attempts have been made to ensure system reliability, this needs to be considered a secondary notification means.
You should still carry your pager, if you have one, as your primary means of notification.
For More Information:
Fillable Incident Command System (ICS) Forms
What to Wear
Team Dress Code
The NWMIMT uniform consists of a blue team t-shirt, polo or long-sleeved shirt, team hat, and khaki pants, e.g. 511 tactical light pants and black duty work footwear. When outside, members must wear a reflective team safety vest or jacket. It continues to be acceptable to wear the previous black shirts.
PPE, appropriate for the position and assignment is also required. PPE may include steel toed boots, safety helmet, eye protection, ear protection, NOMEX gear etc. These items are available at local retailers and online. Some team members have purchased used items from second-hand stores and E-Bay.
Have a change of clothes/uniform available.
Where to get Team clothing
Several vendors have our Team Logo and can produce shirts, jackets, hats and duffle bags.
Generally, the cost of clothing is the team member’s responsibility.
Embroidered Shirts, Jackets
19 Damon Road Northampton
High Visibility Jackets and Sweatshirts
American Safety and Supply
77 Napier St
# B Springfield, MA
413-737-5176 or 800-472-3892
Unmarked Items e.g boots, pants, gear bags and PPE
Check local and online vendors
When to Wear the Uniform
Team members should wear the team uniform, when possible:
- while travelling
- while working at an incident including at:
- agency administration briefings
- transition and community meetings
- media events
- other events where team members will be representing the team or Authorizing Agency in public
- team meetings
- team training
What Not to Wear
- Cut-offs, tank tops/muscle shirts, shorts, skirts or open toe shoes.
- Torn or dirty items of clothing is not appropriate when on duty.
What to Keep in Your Go-Kit
Below are suggested items for your Go-Kit. Team supplies follow. Depending on your position, you will need additional supplies. Keep your kit supplied and ready to go. A fillable checklist has been sent to all members. If you don't have it, request it at the next team meeting.
The team uses our Twitter Account during deployments to keep team members, their families and the public informed about team activities.
All Hazard Incident Management Team Association
Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council. WRHSAC funds regional activities that to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards. The Council focuses on seven major areas:
- Interoperability & Information Sharing
- Mass Care and Sheltering
- Emergency Response and Recovery Planning and Preparedness
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive preparedness
- Plan Regionally to Protect Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets
- Training First Responders and Local Officials
- Multi-jurisdiction Exercises
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for emergency information, WebEOC access and monthly newsletters.