The Lowcountry Incident Management Team (IMT) primarily serves the ten most southern counties in South Carolina, but can be deployed anywhere in the United States.
To assist local authorities with the management of an ongoing incident by providing personnel who are qualified, trained, organized, equipped, and prepared to support a local response to a major emergency or a special event.
All-Hazard IMTs were derived from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS), both of which started principally after the breakdowns in the response and recovery efforts to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The concept- To assemble a trained team that can immediately respond to a major, widespread emergency or catastrophic event anywhere in the nation, and help manage any incident that would extend to multiple days. That could include a tornado, flood, terrorist event or a planned mass gathering.
'All-Hazards' refers any incident or event where the team is composed of individuals from various disciplines, including police, fire, public health, public works, public information, planning and emergency medical.