IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) - An Introduction
On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
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This course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" exercises to provide an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity exercises can be utilized as the NIMS compliance starting point for emergency management planning in your organization after you complete the course.
• Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS. • Identify the benefits of using ICS as the national incident management model. • Describe when it is appropriate to institute an Area Command. • Describe when it is appropriate to institute a Multiagency Coordination System. • Describe the benefits of using a Joint Information System (JIS) for public information. • Identify the ways in which NIMS affects preparedness. • Describe how NIMS affects how resources are managed. • Describe the advantages of common communication and information management systems. • Explain how NIMS influences technology and technology systems. • Describe the purpose of the NIMS Integration Center
All personnel with a direct role in emergency management/response must complete NIMS IS-700, including:
•Executive level—political and government leaders; agency and organization administrators and department heads; personnel that fill ICS roles as unified commanders, incident commanders, Command Staff, or General Staff in either area command or single incidents; senior MACS personnel; senior emergency managers; and emergency operations center Command or General Staff.
•Managerial level—agency and organization management between the executive level and first-level supervision; personnel who fill ICS roles as Branch Directors, Division/Group Supervisors, Unit Leaders, technical specialists, strike team and task force leaders, single resource leaders, and field supervisors; midlevel MACS personnel; EOC Section Chiefs, Branch Directors, Unit Leaders, and other emergency management/response personnel who require a higher level of ICS/NIMS training.
•Responder level—emergency response providers and disaster workers, entry level to managerial level, including emergency medical service personnel; firefighters; medical personnel; police officers; public health personnel; educational institution employees, public work/utility personnel; and other emergency management response personnel.