Federal auditors: Nacogdoches Co. ready for natural disasters

Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English
Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County learned recently it's in good standing with federal auditors when it comes to National Incident Management System compliance.

The National Incident Management System, or NIMS, is a plan that all levels of jurisdictions, from the federal level to the local level, should follow during an emergency.

"NIMS provides the foundation needed to ensure we can work together when communities and a nation need us the most," said Joe English, Nacogdoches County Judge. "It's military type criteria as far as the structure of a chain of command."

Nacogdoches County checked out well, except some constables were not receiving NIMS training.

A quick fix compared to other jurisdictions. Some local governments across the nation would say they were complying to NIMS, but never were. That's because compliance is tied to receiving federal grants.

"The number one question on every federal grant is, is the county in NIMS compliance," said English.

Over the last four years, Nacogdoches has received a total of 11.4 million dollars in federal grants.

"Such as, the Goodman Bridge, the bridge in Kingtown, the generators for schools and water supplies to working on a Melrose subdivision. All those grants, our shelter grant, our EOC grant are all tied to making sure that we're following NIMS," said English.

English is stressing the importance of following all the rules so not to put future grants at risk, and more importantly, being prepared for the next major incident.

Federal audits are occurring as federal spending on government assistance is under closer scrutiny.

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