The National Incident Management System (NIMS): Overview and Compliance

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1 The National Incident Management System (NIMS): Overview and Compliance Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Expo San Diego, CA November 1, 2005 Anne Wilson, FEMA Region IX, Oakland, CA Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 Required the development of a National Incident Management System and a new National Response Plan 1

2 National Incident Management System a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, tribal, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. -HSPD-5 NIMS: What it is / What it s not NIMS is A core set of: Doctrine Concepts Principles Terminology Organizational processes Applicable to all hazards NIMS is not An operational incident management plan A resource allocation plan A terrorism / WMDspecific plan Designed to address international events 2

3 Components of NIMS Command & Management Preparedness Resource Management Communications and Information Management Supporting Technologies Ongoing Management and Maintenance Components of NIMS 1. Command and Management Incident Command System Multi-agency Coordination System Public Information System 3

4 Components of NIMS 2. Preparedness Planning Training and Exercises Standards and Certification Mutual Aid Information and Publications Components of NIMS 3. Resource Management National Mutual Aid Glossary of Terms and Definitions 120 Resource Typing Definitions: identify and type resources Certify and credential personnel FY06 requirement: inventory your resources using the definitions 4

5 NIMS Integration Center Initiatives: Resource Typing Automated Resource Management System (ARMS): Database with which to inventory, acquire, mobilize, track, and recover resources Currently in hibernation Looking at existing databases: USFS s ROSS, UPS, Lockheed Martin Resource Typing Definition: Example 5

6 NIMS Integration Center Initiatives: Credentialing NIMS calls for a nationwide system for credentialing personnel and equipment Components of NIMS 4. Communications and Information Management 5. Supporting Technologies 6. Ongoing NIMS Management 6

7 The NIMS Integration Center Mission To provide strategic direction for and oversight of the NIMS, supporting routine maintenance and the continuous refinement of the system and its components over the long term. HSPD-5 NIMS compliance activities Phased-in approach to implementation; FY05 was a ramp-up year Letter from then-sec. Ridge to governors September 2004 listed FY05 requirements States had to fax a signed self-certification checklist/letter by Sept. 30, 2005 FY2006: achieve full compliance; selfcertification checklist/letter will be required by Sept. 30, 2006 Out years: improve, update, maintain 7

8 NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language 8

9 NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language 9

10 Federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Dept. of Homeland Security (14) Dept. of Health and Human Services (10) Dept. of Education (1) Dept. of the Interior (3) Dept. of Transportation (9) EPA (2) Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dept. of Justice (4) Dept. of Agriculture (3) Dept. of Energy (13) Tennessee Valley Authority (1) NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant EOPs Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language 10

11 New NIMS online courses The NIC is currently developing the following independent study courses: NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System NIMS Public Information System NIMS Resource Management NIMS Communications and Information Management Check for updates NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language 11

12 National Preparedness Goal and NIMS HSPD-5 called for NIMS and the National Response Plan; HSPD-8 called for National Preparedness Goal FEMA in charge of HSPD-5; ODP in charge of HSPD-8 more coordination needed The Goal establishes readiness priorities, targets, and metrics Nexus: one of the Goal s three Overarching Priorities is Implement the NIMS and NRP Draft Goal and guidance available at (secure need to register) NIMS updates FY2006 NIMS compliance requirements (states, locals/tribes), Chertoff letter to governors Fact sheet and FAQ on national credentialing system Further guidance on FY06 NIMS training requirements List of federal preparedness grants affected by NIMS compliance Coming out soon: guidelines for NIMS-compliant Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Four more NIMS Independent Study courses Credentialing systems by discipline National Preparedness Goal guidance available: NIMS Alert on using plain language 12

13 NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! NIMS-Compliant ICS Training Guidelines Provides evaluation checklist to ensure course meets the as taught by DHS standard Provides model NIMS ICS curriculum for 100, 200, 300, and 400 (EMI, NFA, NWCG, USDA, EPA, and USCG already follow this model) Developed after group of providers met at EMI Retraining not necessary if previous training meets standards provided in guidelines New (October 2005) draft of guidelines can be found at 13

14 NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! 14

15 From the Sept Sec. Ridge letter to governors: Steps taken in FY05 towards NIMS-compliance State/tribes/locals should: Complete NIMS Awareness Course IS 700 Formally adopt NIMS principles and policies Establish a NIMS compliance baseline Develop a timeframe and strategy for full NIMS implementation Institutionalize use of the Incident Command System States/territories must: Incorporate NIMS into existing training programs and exercises Ensure that federal preparedness funding supports state, local, and tribal NIMS implementation Incorporate NIMS into Emergency Operations Plans Promote intrastate mutual aid agreements Coordinate and provide NIMS technical assistance to local entities Institutionalize use of ICS NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! 15

16 NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! IS-700: Who should take it? Recommended in letter to governors for FY05; Secretary intended to provide discretion to states, locals, etc. in determining who should take it Further guidance one-pager available on NIMS website Suggests those at executive, managerial, and responder level take the course Is a requirement for FY06 so are IS-800 (NRP), IS-100, and IS-200 (ICS) further guidance available on NIMS website 16

17 NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! NIMS updates (continued) New ICS training guidelines October 2005 Suggesting changes/additions to resource typing definitions NIMS FY2005 compliance one-pager IS-700 materials available for classroom (call EMI at for answer sheets) Who exactly should take IS-700? What is meant by institutionalization of ICS? The difference between NIIMS and NIMS All available on - bookmark it! 17

18 NIMS Relationship: NIMS and NRP Aligns command, control, organization structure, terminology, communication protocols, & resources/resource-typing Used for all events Resources Incident Local Response State Response or Support Federal Response or Support Knowledge Abilities NRP Integrates & applies Federal resources, knowledge, & abilities before, during, & after an incident Activated only for Incidents of National Significance The NIMS Integration Center Gil Jamieson, Acting Director Web Page: (sign up for Alerts) Main Number: Mailing address: NIMS Integration Center, 500 C Street SW, Suite 707, Washington, DC FEMA Region 9 rep: NIMS training: NRP training: 18

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