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National Incident Management System (NIMS)
NIMS is the United States' single, comprehensive system for managing domestic incidents and is suitable for all institutions of higher education (IHEs) to implement before, during, and after an emergency. The REMS TA Center presents guidance and resources for NIMS implementation for IHEs.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is pleased to publish the following guidance materials on NIMS implementation activities for IHEs. It is recommended that all IHEs review and implement these activities as they are key steps any IHE can take in advance of an emergency, and may also formalize many activities already being conducted by IHEs. Recipients of Federal preparedness funding, including IHEs through ED’s former Emergency Management for Higher Education 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 IHEs.
- Comprehensive Guidance on NIMS Implementation Activities for IHEs
- Checklist: NIMS Implementation Activities for IHEs
- Key Personnel and NIMS Training for IHEs
- Frequently Asked Questions
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 https://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. Higher ed 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.