National Incident Management System (NIMS)
NIMS is the United States' single, comprehensive system for managing domestic incidents and is suitable for all schools and school districts to implement before, during, and after an emergency. The REMS TA Center presents guidance and resources for NIMS implementation for schools.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is pleased to publish the following guidance materials on NIMS implementation activities for schools. It is recommended that all schools review and implement these activities as they are key steps any school can take in advance of an emergency, and may also formalize many activities already being conducted by schools. Recipients of Federal preparedness funding, including local education agencies and schools through ED's former Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Discretionary Grant Program, were required to fulfill NIMS implementation activities in close coordination with members of their local government and emergency response community. This NIMS implementation guidance is still relevant to schools.
Additional NIMS Resources
NIMS Doctrine Supporting Guides & Tools
The National Integration Center develops supporting guides and tools to assist jurisdictions in their implementation of NIMS. It is accessible at http://www.fema.gov/nims-doctrine-supporting-guides-tools.
Incident Command System (ICS) Resource Center
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a fundamental concept of incident management that provides standardization through consistent terminology and established organizational structures. Resources on the implementation of ICS are accessible at https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/.
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
EMI is the branch within FEMA that provides training to the emergency management field. School emergency management officials can access the free, on-line independent study training courses through EMI's website, which is accessible at https://training.fema.gov/EMI.