FEMA’S NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS): A BRIEF SYNOPSIS FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
NIMS is an organizational structure designed to facilitate the collaboration of multiple agencies involved in emergency preparedness, management and recovery.
Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) includes schools and other local agencies and groups in this national approach to emergency preparedness and response.
The three main components of the NIMS framework are:
- Communications and Information Management
- Resource Management.
During an incident, Command and Management elements are dependent on these three components, as depicted here:
Communications and Information Management is a critical piece of the NIMS structure. Emergency Operations Centers are to be equipped with mechanisms for communicating with the incident site and obtaining resources. Multiagency Coordination Groups must manage incident-related decision support information such as tracking critical resources, situation status, and intelligence, and will provide public information to the news media and the public.
It is important for school administrators to familiarize themselves with NIMS protocols and conform their districts emergency procedures to them.
COUNTABILITY has developed a NIMS-compliant mobile phone app that will enable schools to communicate vital information in real time during an incident. To learn more, go to www.countability.me or contact one of our School Security Consultants at 860-650-0100.