PIC Resource Manual: National Incident Management System

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Emergency Management: Higher Education

Washington state requires colleges to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from emergency situations.

The Governor's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan states that state colleges and universities have responsibilities for supporting these four phases of emergency management.

  • IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

Note: FEMA's IS-100.HE: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education, a two day in-person class, provides excellent context for ICS as applied to a college campus.

Emergency Management: Public Information Officers

Public Information Officers play a vital role in emergency response and an Emergency Operations Center.

FEMA’s National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) requires key personnel – including community and technical college communication managers – to get NIMS training.

Pages 23- 30 of the NIMS documentPDF give an overview of the role of communications officers.

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