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will safeguard their NYC-ARECS Identification Card. The ID Card
should be used as a means of identifying one's self during an
emergency operation or during a public service event. The ID card
will be available to those team members who are compliant with
Department of Homeland Security / FEMA NIMS
training which NYC-ARECS is committed to be in compliance
with. Utilizing NIMS is the
standard of practice for responders of emergencies in the City
of New York, the State of New York and around the United States.
The NYC-ARECS Identification Card is a white hard plastic card
with an overlaid hologram. Embedded in the hologram and across
the face of the card, is micro-printing with the word "security."
The back of the card has contact information and how to reach
the team President.
developed with visual elements of the US government FIPS 201 identification
system, as the DHS / FEMA asks that ID cards which do not have
electronic technology inside them (such as biometrics), at least
conform in part to the visual elements of the FIPS 201 (Federal
Information Processing Standard Publication 201), a United States
federal government standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification
(PIV) requirements for Federal employees and contractors.
Importance of Proper Identification
In the immediate
aftermath of a disaster, an emergency responder reports to the
incident scene, offering his/her expertise to response agencies.
While the responders on-scene can use the support as they work
to save lives and protect property, incident commanders know they
must manage access to the incident scene and have no instantaneous
way to verify the identity of individuals offering support. Because
of this, the US federal government is currently developing policies
for a common identification standard for federal employees and
contractors which is laid out in Homeland Security Presidential
Directive 12 which mandates a federal standard for secure
and reliable forms of identification. Further, FEMA is exploring
the development of a new universal identification card for volunteers
and responders, but this is still years away.
current guideline for verifying Non-Federal personal identity
of emergency management and response personnel is based on the
Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council's May 2009 guidance,
"Personal Identity Verification Interoperability for Non-Federal
Issuers." According to the DHS/FEMA National
Credentialing Definition And Criteria guide of 2007, for
an individual/team to be granted access to an incident site by
the proper authorizing agent(s), the following three requirements
must be presented:
forms of photo identification to verify identity, of which at
least one of which must be issued by a governmental authority
(i.e. see examples below);
of qualifications/certification, issued by the proper authority
as authorized by the State; and
for deployment (i.e. which includes, but is not limited to,
the examples below).
information has been provided and approved/accepted, the individual/team
may be issued further credentials for site/incident access privileges
by the jurisdiction having authority.
an emergency activation / deployment, NYC-ARECS Members can fulfill
these requirements by having in their possession these FOUR items:
State issued drivers license or identification card / passport
[Meets the requirement of "Identity"]
Their NYC-ARECS Identification Card [Meets
the requirement of "Identity & Qualification"]
Their government issued Federal Communication Commission license
the requirement of "Qualification"]
A printed email "deployment order" or other NYC-ARECS
document showing your purpose/mission/assignment/task, etc.
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