Personnel qualification and certification standards
Equipment acquisition and certification standards
Standards for describing, inventorying, tracking resources
Communications and information management
Ongoing Management & Maintenance
NIMS Compliance-School Districts* *NIMS Compliance Center Guidance
Since school districts are an integral part of local government, their use of NIMS should be achieved in close coordination with other components of the local government. School districts are not traditional response organizations and more typically are recipients of first responder services provided by fire and rescue, emergency medical and law enforcement agencies. This traditional relationship should be acknowledged in achieving NIMS compliance within an integrated local government plan for NIMS compliance. School district participation in local government's NIMS preparedness program is essential to ensure that first responder services are delivered to schools in a timely and effective manner.
Schools and Districts that receive federal emergency preparedness grants are required to comply with NIMS requirements; those that do not receive these grants are not required to adopt NIMS.
School safety experts strongly encourage all schools to become NIMS compliant.
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment standards and an incident management organization with five functional areas (command, operations, planning, logistics and finance & administration) for the management of all major incidents.
Incident Command System School and School District ICS First Responders (Fire, Police, EMT) Partners (Mental & Public Health, Parents, Media, etc.)
Reduce confusion between day-to-day activities and incident response duties.
Formal Communication Planning Section Chief Logistics Section Chief Finance/Admin Section Chief Branch Director Air Operations Branch Director Incident Commander Safety Officer Liaison Officer Public Information Officer Command Staff General Staff Service Branch Director Support Branch Director Operations Section Chief ICS Formal Communication
Unified Command Structure Unified Command does not change other features of ICS. ICS Unified Command (Representatives From Local Jurisdictions) Finance/ Administration Logistics Planning Operations
Unified Command for a School Emergency School Incident Commander (Principal) School District Incident Commander (Superintendent, Security Director) County/City Incident Commander (Police/Fire) School Site Crisis/Emergency Response Team Or (IMT) Public Information Officer District Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) City/County Incident Management Team (IMT) Public Information Officer
It may be necessary for the Incident Commander to designate a Command Staff who:
Provide information, liaison, and safety services for the entire organization.
Report directly to the Incident Commander.
Incident Commander Safety Officer Liaison Officer Public Information Officer ICS Command Staff
Public Information Officer (PIO) Public Information Officer ICS Advises Incident Commander on information dissemination and media relations. Incident Commander approves information that the PIO releases. Incident Commander Obtains information from and provides information to Planning Section. Planning Section Chief Obtains information from and provides information to community and media. Community and Media
Safety Officer Safety Officer Only Command Staff member who can countermand the IC ICS Advises Incident Commander on issues regarding incident safety. Incident Commander Works with Operations to ensure safety of field personnel. Operations Section Chief Ensures safety of all incident personnel. Incident Personnel
Liaison Officer Liaison Officer ICS Assists Incident Commander by serving as point of contact for agency representatives who are helping to support the operation. Incident Commander Provides briefings to and answers questions from supporting agencies. Agency Representative