The collective use of NIMS across all local incident response agencies, including K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), and disciplines creates a common operating picture, promoting mutual goals and responsibilities, and ultimately, more efficient and effective response services. Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003 in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which includes the Incident Command System (ICS), is a standardized emergency response system used by all first responders to coordinate response efforts before, during and after an emergency. In 2005, NIMS was mandated for adoption by all entities receiving federal preparedness funds, including grantees. Because all schools and IHEs are integral components of every community and its government, regardless of whether they are recipients of Federal preparedness funds, DHS and ED recommend all schools and IHEs implement NIMS.
This one-and-a-half-hour webinar focuses on the implementation of the NIMS and ICS as it pertains to K-12 schools and school districts. The webinar presents information about the key elements of NIMS, training for key personnel, ICS roles for schools, and examples of how districts and schools can implement NIMS/ICS.
The webinar was presented Bob Spears, Director of Emergency Services with the Los Angeles (CA) Unified School District's Office of Emergency Services.