Preparation is the responsibility of every member of faculty and staff. In 2009, the US Department of Education established a set of guidelines called the “NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education” which requires key personnel to complete the following NIMS/ICS courses:
IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction(IS-700)
IS-100.HE Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100, for Higher Education(IS-100.HE).
NIMS: The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a consistent framework used nationwide for both governmental and non-governmental agencies to respond to natural and man-made emergencies at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
ICS: The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that:
Simply put, NIMS is an overall management framework for responding to emergencies, while ICS is the management system established to manage emergencies and other incidents.
The US Department of Education has created a chart to identify “key personnel” who are required to complete NIMS/ICS training. Key personnel includes the following categories:
Most NIMS and ICS training courses can be completed on-line from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you choose to complete a course on-line, we ask that you please share a copy of your Certificate of Completion with the emergency management program office at email@example.com. While all of these courses are available on-line, formal training in a classroom environment is also available. Please contact the emergency management program office if you would like to host or attend formal NIMS/ICS training.