The NIMS Supporting Technologies Evaluation Program
Assisting Practitioner Decision Making

Camille Osterloh
Task Lead, NIMS STEP

Jim Goodson
Task Lead, Product Evaluation
National Incident Management System Support Center

Chad Foster
Associate Director, Incident Management Program
Eastern Kentucky University

April 8, 2009

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Related Websites:
NIMS STEP Web site
January 2009 NIMS Alert
Responder Knowledge Base (RKB)
EKU College of Justice and Safety NIMS Support Center
EKU News, DHS Testing Laboratory First in Nation to Achieve Accreditation
OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee

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Office of the Texas Secretary of State, Nueces County Colonia Ombudsman

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Russell Strickland
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Vance L. Duncan III
City of Erie (PA), Bureau of Fire

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Steven McGee
Heart Beacon

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Emergency Services Interactive Systems

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Ventura County OES

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Mrs. Osterloh is a member of the National Incident Management System Support Center (NIMS SC) Test and Evaluation staff. She is the task lead for the NIMS Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (NIMS STEP) and works with teams of Subject Matter Experts in homeland security, emergency management, and response as well as engineering staff. In her previous experience with Detachment 1 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (Det 1 AFOTEC), Mrs. Osterloh supported multi-year Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration programs and rapid, non-traditional military utility assessments.

About the NIMS STEP Program

The National Incident Management System Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (NIMS STEP) provides an independent, objective evaluation of commercial and government software and hardware products to assist in the implementation of NIMS. Evaluation activities are designed to expand technology solutions and provide the emergency response community with an objective process to evaluate their purchases. Evaluation activities are sponsored by the National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The NIMS Support Center (NIMS SC) manages the day-to-day functions of the program under the direction of the NPD's Incident Management Systems Integration (IMSI) Division.