NIMS Alert 03-19: FEMA Seeks Feedback on Two NIMS Resource Management Documents

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FEMA’s National Integration Center seeks public feedback on two NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions regarding HAZMAT response released today under theEnvironmental Response/Health and Safety core capability.

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

  1. To review the documents, visit:
  2. https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement
  3. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov.
  4. The national engagement period for these two documents will end at 5 p.m. ET on March 28, 2019.

NIMS Alert 01-19: National Engagement Period: Proposed Updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is seeking feedback on proposed updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)—the Nation’s strategic plan to improve emergency communications.

CISA is leading a national effort to update the NECP, which was last revised in 2014. The updated NECP aligns with the Communications and Information Management component in NIMS (National Incident Management System) and strives to prepare stakeholders for a rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape. Proposed updates reflect the expanding ecosystem of people, technologies, and functions involved in supporting emergency communications to aid public safety entities with addressing today’s challenges while also planning for future advancements.  

Informed by stakeholder input and a nationwide emergency communications survey, the NECP provides guidance to those that plan for, coordinate, invest in, and use communications to support response and recovery operations. This includes traditional emergency responder disciplines (e.g., law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch) and other entities that share information during emergencies, such as medical facilities, utilities, nongovernmental organizations, as well as the media and private citizens.

To provide comments on the updated NECP, complete the feedback form on the DHS website and submit it to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov by March 22, 2019.

We appreciate your assistance and contributions in updating the NECP. Questions regarding NECP efforts can be directed to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov.

NIMS Alert 33-18: FEMA Releases 2018 National Preparedness Report

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FEMA has released the 2018 National Preparedness Report. In its seventh year, this report summarizes the nation’s progress toward becoming a more secure and resilient nation.

The report highlights lessons learned from previous responses, along with findings from preparedness activities. The events and activities captured in the report allow responders and emergency managers throughout the nation to better understand capabilities, identify shortfalls, and build capacity in preparation for future large-scale and catastrophic incidents.

The 2018 National Preparedness Report also identifies gains made in preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain. These findings provide insights into preparedness and informs decisions about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions.

The 2018 Report considers select 2017 real-world incidents that tested the nation’s capabilities, preparedness trends from state, tribal and territory perspectives, and an overview of activities and investments to build and sustain capabilities. As a result, it provides in-depth evaluation of five core capabilities identified in previous reports as facing persistent preparedness challenges— Infrastructure Systems, Housing, Economic Recovery, Cybersecurity, and Operational Coordination.

Get the full report

Build response capability & mitigate vulnerabilities: FEMA releases new Core Capability Development Sheets

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FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets provide tools that organizations can use to build or sustain their capabilities and close identified gaps. The National Preparedness Goal establishes 32 Core Capabilities to address the greatest risks to the nation. Additional background information is available on FEMA’s Technical Assistance Program website.

Each sheet provides the following information, tailored to the Core Capability:

  • Training courses
  • Standardized capability targets
  • Nationally-typed resources
  • Planning partners
  • Validation support

Mission Areas include:

  • Prevention: The capabilities to avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism; focuses on ensuring optimal preparedness to prevent an imminent terrorist attack within the United States.
  • Protection: The capabilities to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.
  • Mitigation: The capabilities to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
  • Response: The capabilities to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
  • Recovery: The core capabilities to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.

Go to the Core Capability Sheets

NIMS Alert 27-18: FEMA Announces Webinars about Updating the National Response Framework

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding webinars for stakeholders nationwide to discuss the agency’s efforts in updating the National Response Framework (NRF) to incorporate lessons learned from the unprecedented 2017 hurricane and wildfire season. First released in 2008, the NRF is a guide for how our nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, this update will include the following areas:

  • Additional emphasis on non-governmental capabilities to include the role of individuals and private sector/industry partners in responding to disasters;
  • A new Emergency Support Function to leverage existing coordination mechanisms between the government and infrastructure owners/operators; and
  • Focus on outcomes-based response through the prioritization of the rapid stabilization of life-saving and life sustaining Lifelines.

The updated NRF will continue to focus on the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs during disasters. The NRF will continue to be scalable, flexible and adaptable, using the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal.

FEMA is hosting a series of one-hour engagement webinars to describe the update and answer participants’ questions. These webinars are geared toward the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments (state, local, tribal, and territorial, as well as federal agencies).

Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session from the list below.

Webinar 1: Monday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar1/event/registration.html

Webinar 2: Thursday, October 18, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Register at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar2/event/registration.html

Webinar 3: Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Register at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar3/event/registration.html

Webinar 4: Friday, October 26, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Register at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar4/event/registration.html

Improve School Safety: Sandy Hook parent, Virginia Tech victim share their experiences

NIMS Alert FEMAFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and emergency management partner organizations today released two new PrepTalks from Michele Gay and Kristina Anderson focused on improving school safety.

NIMS Alert 21-18: FEMA and Emergency Manager Partners Release School Safety PrepTalks

Gay’s PrepTalk, “Rethinking School Safety”, relays her personal experience as the parent of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. She highlights some of the simple solutions that students and staff needed during the crisis at Sandy Hook, and presents Safe and Sound Schools’ Framework for Comprehensive School Safety Planning and Development: Emergency Management, Community Engagement, Physical Safety, Mental and Behavioral Health, Climate and Culture, and Health & Wellness.

Anderson’s PrepTalk, “Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy”, begins with her experience of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, when she was shot three times. She translates her experience into a focus on the importance of threat assessments in schools to identify and mitigate potential threats. She explains that it’s important to improve physical safety, but it’s just as important to encourage people to monitor their environment and to build a supportive culture in a school.

The next PrepTalks Symposium will be held on September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. All PrepTalks, question-and-answer sessions, discussion guides, and related resources are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks.

PrepTalks are presented by FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

What does this mean for your department?

Here are things to examine in your organization:

  • What are your policies and procedures for responding to incidents at schools, colleges, and universities?
  • How will your department coordinate with other responding agencies?
  • What protocols are in place to protect your personnel or minimize risk?

If you are trying to figure out how your organization can better prepare for and respond to school-related incidents, we may be able to advice on grants or other programs that may be able to assist your department.

Contact us today

NIMS Alert 18-18: FEMA releases revised IS-100.c and IS-700.b online courses

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FEMA is pleased to release 2 revised online NIMS courses:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community–all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector–to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

Classroom versions will be released later this summer

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website https://training.fema.gov/is/. Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional 28 NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

FEMA releases NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA’s National Integration Center has released 107 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions.

Today’s release includes Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions under the following core capabilities:

  • Critical Transportation
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Fatality Management Services
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
  • Operational Coordination
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Risk Management for Protection Programs and Activities
  • Situational Assessment

Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

To view the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to the Resource Typing Library Tool: https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public.\

FEMA Releases the NIMS Implementation Objectives for Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Jurisdictions

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On June 11, 2018, FEMA released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Jurisdictions. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts. It helps prepare the nation for catastrophic disasters by enabling organizations from across the country to work together during all incidents, regardless of size or type. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness. The NIMS Implementation Objectives identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) organizations and jurisdictions.

FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives for these organizations and jurisdictions in 2009. This update ensures the objectives are consistent with the third edition of NIMS released in 2017 and incorporates stakeholder input, resulting in a more useful tool for organizations seeking to implement NIMS.

FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements or criteria, nor are the indicators intended as a checklist for achieving the objectives. The indicators are a tool to assist jurisdictions and organizations in meeting the new implementation objectives.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to view the document, go to the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/implementation-guidance-and-reporting.

Please note that federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives. FEMA will work with Federal NIMS Coordinators to revise those later this year.

NIMS Alert 02-18 Update: National Engagement for Draft NIMS Implementation Objectives

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyThe webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives have been rescheduled. Please see the link below for the new dates and times.

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback for an update of the state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for SLTT organizations and jurisdictions. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on February 5, 2018. National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft implementation objectives, to ensure they are relevant for all implementing partners.

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the Nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. The SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for SLTT organizations and jurisdictions.

FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009 and is now updating them to ensure they are consistent with the 2017 NIMS, to incorporate stakeholder input, and to make them a more clear and more useful tool for organizations as they implement NIMS.

FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements and are not intended as a checklist, but rather as a means of clarifying the types of activities that organizations and jurisdictions may undertake when implementing NIMS.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to review the draft SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives, visit: https://www.fema.gov/implementation-guidance-and-reporting. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

Please note that federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives. FEMA will work with Federal NIMS Coordinators to revise those later this year.