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PIO Resource Manual: National Incident Management System

Emergency Management: Higher Education

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

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

The following FEMA courses provide a general overview of the Incident Management System (ICS), emergency preparedness and response, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

  • 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 document give an overview of the role of communications officers.

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