In a disaster, people need assets, and comprehensive resource management is the organizational practice that helps get those resources to the affected area. The process includes a standard set of mechanisms to identify requirements, acquire, organize, mobilize and activate, track and report, recover and demobilize, and inventory resources like personnel, equipment and facilities.

The centralized visibility that efficient resource management provides, is a key to better project execution. It helps reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and boost productivity. It also helps mitigate risk, by reducing last-minute scrambles and making it easier to reprioritize projects when necessary.

Another important benefit of comprehensive resource management is happier employees. It’s a known fact that over-utilized staff is a major cause of employee dissatisfaction, and it often leads to frustration and disengagement. By arming managers with the tools they need to optimize resources and assign attainable workloads, organizations can ensure that their most valuable asset is fully utilized.

One way to achieve this is through comprehensive NIMS resource management. This streamlined, site-specific process involves pre-identifying resources and ensuring that they align with NIMS resource typing definitions. This allows managers to proactively forecast workforce utilization, identify and mobilize non-billable resources or roll them off existing projects to improve billable utilization. It also helps to ensure that the right type of resources are brought forward when needed, and that they have the appropriate level of incident response capability. This can be done through a variety of methods, including manual processes or using specialized resource management software.