National Incident Management System (NIMS)   [open pdf - 455KB]

This document published by the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ECRM) Technical Assistance Center talks about the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and its relation to the safety efforts taken by our nation's schools. More specifically, "NIMS is the United States' uniform system for managing domestic incidents and is suitable for schools to implement in the four phases of their crisis planning: 1) prevention-mitigation; 2) preparedness; 3) response; and 4) recovery. The NIMS is a comprehensive approach to crisis planning and is a framework for federal, state, local and private agencies to effectively and collaboratively manage incidents using a core set of concepts, principles, procedures, processes, terminology and standards. The NIMS structure mirrors the measures schools currently take to ensure student and staff safety and provides formalized support to schools' safety efforts. Through the NIMS, schools are better prepared to handle major incidents and work with first responders. Established on March 1, 2004, by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5), the management of domestic incidents, the NIMS specifies the standardized methods all emergency responders should follow to plan, coordinate and carry out responses to a variety of incidents. It allows schools and local agencies to jointly manage incidents, regardless of their causes, sizes, locations or complexities. Reflecting proven practices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration and a host of other federal agencies, the NIMS provides flexibility and support for integrated, collaborative action by government agencies and private entities--including schools-- during a crisis."

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U.S. Department of Education: http://rems.ed.gov/
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Emergency Response and Crisis Management Technical Assistance Center (2006), v.2., iss.6
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