NIMS/ICS Training Guidance*
Minimum FY05 NIMS Compliance Requirements
State and territory level efforts to implement NIMS must include the following:
- Incorporating NIMS into existing training programs and exercises
- Ensuring that federal preparedness funding (including HSGP funds) support NIMS implementation at the state and local levels (in accordance with the eligibility and allowable uses of the grants)
- Incorporating NIMS into Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs)
- Promotion of intrastate mutual aid agreements
- Coordinating and providing technical assistance to local entities regarding NIMS
- Institutionalizing the use of ICS
At the state, territorial, tribal, and local levels, jurisdictions should support NIMS implementation by:
- Completing the NIMS Awareness Course: "National Incident Management System, An Introduction" IS 700.
This independent study course is available online and will take between forty-five minutes to three hours to complete. The course is available on the Emergency Management Institute Web page at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700.asp.
- Formally Recognizing NIMS and Adopting NIMS Principles and Policies. States, territories, tribes, and local entities should establish legislation, executive orders, resolutions, or ordinances to formally adopt NIMS. The NIC will provide sample language and templates to assist in formally adopting NIMS through legislative and/or executive/administrative means.
- Establish a NIMS Baseline by Determining which NIMS Requirements are Already Satisfied.
The NIC is developing a Web-based self-assessment system, the NIMS Capability Assessment Support Tool (NIMCAST) to evaluate their incident response and management capabilities. The NIC is currently piloting the NIMCAST with a limited number of states. Upon completion of the pilot, the NIC will provide all potential future users with voluntary access to the system. Additional information about the NIMCAST tool will be provided later this year.
- Establishing a Timeframe and Developing a Strategy for Full NIMS Implementation.
States, territories, tribes, and local entities are encouraged to achieve full NIMS implementation during FY05. To the extent full implementation is not possible during FY05, federal preparedness assistance must be leveraged to complete NIMS implementation in FY06. By FY07, federal preparedness assistance will be conditioned upon full compliance with NIMS. Again, in order for NIMS to be implemented successfully across the nation, it is critical that states provide support and leadership to tribal and local entities to ensure full NIMS implementation. States should work with the tribal and local governments to develop a strategy for statewide compliance with NIMS.
- Institutionalizing the Use of the ICS.
State, territorial, tribal, and local entities that are not already using ICS, must institutionalize the use of ICS (consistent wit the concepts and principles taught by DHS) across the entire response system. All federal, state, territory, tribal, and local jurisdictions will be required to adopt ICS in order to be compliant with NIMS.
FY06 and FY07 Requirements
In order to receive FY06 preparedness funding, the minimum FY05 compliance requirements described above must be met. Applicants will be required to certify as part of their FY06 grant applications that they have met the FY05 NIMS requirements.
Additional information about NIMS compliance and resources for achieving compliance will be forthcoming from the NIC. The NIC Web page, http://www.fema.gov/nims, will be updated regularly with NIMS information and implementation guidance. States and local jurisdictions experiencing costs associated with meeting FY05 NIMS requirements are encouraged to leverage FY05 HSGP funds to meet those requirements.
*US Department of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year 2005 Homeland Security Grant Program: Program Guidelines and Application Kit