What is NIMS?
NIMS is the first-ever standardized approach to incident management and response. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security and released in March 2004, it establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all levels of government will use to conduct response operations.
Developed by the Secretary of Homeland Security at the request of the President, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) integrates effective practices in emergency response into a comprehensive national framework for incident management. The NIMS will enable responders at all levels to work together more effectively and efficiently to manage domestic incidents no matter what the cause, size or complexity, including catastrophic acts of terrorism and disasters.
What About the Deadlines and Grants?
The deadline for full NIMS compliance is September 30, 2006, the end of FY 2006. There are NIMS implementation requirements that need to be achieved by Sept. 30, 2005, the end of FY 2005. They are outlined in the Secretary’s letter to the Governors on the NIMS Web page, under the NIMS Compliance section. NIMS implementation requirements for FY 2006 will be released later this year. The NIMS compliance deadlines have not been extended. As mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5, beginning in FY 2005, adoption of NIMS will be a condition for the receipt of federal preparedness funds, including grants, contracts and other activities.
How Can We Become Compliant?
In the short term, jurisdictions will be considered to be in compliance with the NIMS by adopting the Incident Command System and NIMS principles and policies. This can be accomplished by formally adopting ICS for all incidents, incorporating NIMS into Emergency Operation Plans, and by having all responders complete the IS-700 Introduction to NIMS class and the IS-100 Introduction to ICS either online or in a classroom setting. The online courses can be found at http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp and will take a few hours to complete. The classroom presentations require a minimum of 18 attendees and will require 4 hours to complete.
NOTE: Responders who have already completed the 16 hour ICS class DO NOT have to take the IS-100 course. Other aspects of the NIMS will require additional development and refinement to enable compliance at a future date.
Compliance protocols, standards and guidelines for determining whether jurisdictions are compliant are currently under development. NIC customers will be notified as these materials are completed and posted on the NIMS Integration Center Web page.
To schedule a classroom presentation of IS-100, IS-700 or both, please contact your appropriate NH Fire Academy Field Captain or contact:
Captain Scott Cathy (603) 223-4223
Additional NIMS Informational Links:
FEMA’s NIMS site
NIMCAST - FEMA’s tool to measure your own NIMS compliance
NIMS Online - Everything you ever wanted to know about NIMS
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