This U.S. Dept. of Education (ED) documents outlines actions schools must take in order to: fulfill NIMS compliance requirements; integrate NIMS into the educational setting; and connect schools and campuses to their community partners. "All K-12 schools and higher education institutions (HEI) - urban, suburban, and rural; large and small - receiving Federal preparedness monies through the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and/or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are required to support the implementation of NIMS. For example, award recipients of ED's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) and Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grants are required to implement, in conjunction with community partners, identified NIMS compliance activities. Furthermore, many State and local jurisdictions are requiring schools to complete these activities to ensure greater communication between community partners and schools as well as to provide for more efficient responses to school-based incidents. Because all schools and HEIs are integral components of every community and its government, DHS and ED recommend all schools and HEIs - regardless of whether they are recipients of Federal preparedness funds - implement NIMS."
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center: http://rems.ed.gov/