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NIMS Implementation Activities For Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

NIMS uses a core set of concepts, principles, procedures, processes, standards, and terminology that may all be integrated with school emergency management practices. The collective use of NIMS across all local incident response agencies, including K-12 schools and higher education institutions (HEIs), and disciplines creates a common operating picture, promoting mutual goals and responsibilities, and ultimately, more efficient and effective response services. Furthermore, in the event of a large-scale incident crossing multiple jurisdictions and disciplines, NIMS unites all response teams across all of the participating jurisdictions and facilitates effective and appropriate assistance from outlying communities when needed based on the size and complexity of the incident....
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NIMS Activity 1: Adopt NIMS at the school and campus community level

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) support the successful adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the school and campus community level. This includes all applicable organizational and operational offices, departments, committees, and teams within the educational entity, and is not limited by geographical locations such as rural, urban, or suburban locations....
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NIMS Activity 2: Designate and maintain a Single Point of Contact

Once an educational entity has formally adopted NIMS, K-12 schools and higher education institution (IHE) designate a NIMS Single Point of Contact (NIMS POC) to serve as the principal coordinator for the organization's administrative and operational offices, departments, committees, and teams....
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NIMS Activity 3: Ensure that Federal preparedness awards support the implementation of NIMS

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) ensure that all Federal preparedness awards to the school- and campus-community level support the implementation of NIMS....
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NIMS Activity 4: Audits associated with Federal preparedness awards

This activity is not applicable to K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) receiving ED funds....
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NIMS Activity 5: Develop plans to incorporate NIMS and reflect the National Response Framework

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) work closely with community partners to develop, implement, and refine emergency management plans to incorporate NIMS components, principles, and policies as well as reflect the National Response Framework (NRF). ...
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NIMS Activity 6: Participate in and promote mutual aid agreement

Schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) participate in and promote interagency partnerships and mutual aid agreements to include agreements with public and private sector and/or non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....
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NIMS Activity 7: Use existing resources to coordinate and deliver NIMS training

K-12 schools and IHEs will use existing resources such as programs, personnel, partners, and training facilities to coordinate and deliver NIMS training....
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NIMS Activities 8 - 13: Key personnel complete NIMS training

Key K-12 school and campus personnel complete, as applicable, NIMS training courses: NIMS: IS-700 NIMS; IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF); IS-100 (including SC, and HE) Introduction to ICS; IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; ICS-300 Intermediate ICS; and ICS-400 Advanced ICS....
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NIMS Activity 14: Incorporate NIMS and ICS into training and exercises

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) incorporate the NIMS and ICS frameworks, principles, and approaches into all trainings and exercises (e.g., table-tops, full-scale drills etc.)....
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NIMS Activity 15: Participate in an exercise program that involves first responders

Schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) will participate with local, State, and community partners in an all-hazards exercise program that integrates NIMS concepts and principles and involves first responders from multiple disciplines, agencies, and organizations....
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NIMS Activity 16: Incorporate corrective actions into plans and procedures

K-12 schools and IHEs incorporate corrective actions into preparedness and response plans and procedures with community partners....
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NIMS Activity 17: Apply standardized and consistent terminology

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) apply and use common and consistent terminology for school and campus incidents, including the establishment of plain language communication standards....
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NIMS Activity 18: Systems to present consistent and accurate information

K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) will use systems, tools, and processes to present consistent and accurate information (e.g., common operating picture) during an incident/planned event....
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NIMS Activity 19: Inventory organizational response assets

K-12 schools and IHEs maintain an inventory of any applicable organizational response assets -- equipment, resources and supplies-that support NIMS and incident response....
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NIMS Activity 20: Resource Acquisition

To the extent permissible by law, schools and IHEs ensure that relevant national standards and guidance to achieve equipment, communication, and data interoperability are incorporated into acquisition programs...
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NIMS Activity 21: Response asset inventory for mutual aid requests

When applicable, schools and IHEs will utilize response asset inventory for intrastate/interstate mutual aid requests [such as Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)], training, exercises, and incidents/planned events....
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NIMS Activity 22: Credential emergency management/response personnel

Schools and IHES will work with State education and emergency management officials to ensure proper authorization and access to credentialed personnel during an incident response, including those persons provided through mutual aid agreements....
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NIMS Activity 23: Institutionalize the Incident Command System

All schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) institutionalize the Incident Command System (ICS) for managing all emergency incidents, exercises, and preplanned (recurring/special) events in accordance with ICS organizational structures, doctrine, and procedures, as defined in NIMS. ...
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NIMS Activity 24: An integrated Multi-Agency Coordination System

All schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) coordinate and support emergency incident and event management through the development and use of an integrated multi-agency coordination system (MACS)....
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NIMS Activity 25: Establish a Public Information System

All schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) establish a Public Information system within the ICS framework. Public Information includes the assignment of a Public Information Officer and the creation of a Joint Information System and a Joint Information Center....
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