The Washoe County Emergency Management Program functions as a  coordination agency during a disaster, to provide such assistance as may be needed by the affected communities to safeguard life and property.  The intent is to assess and address the effects of the event. We use the Incident Command System (ICS) as part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) during the response phase. Mutual aid assistance is often available from other communities, state and federal agencies or from private sources.