Please join us for the upcoming Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center-sponsored webinar: The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparedness.
The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparednessv
Date & Time:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:00 PM Eastern
(2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 PM Pacific)
(Lines will open 15 minutes prior to the webinar for questions on using webinar format.)
REGISTER HERE: http://rems.ed.gov/index.php?page=training_webinars
The collective use of NIMS across all local incident response agencies, including K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), and disciplines creates a common operating picture, promoting mutual goals and responsibilities, and ultimately, more efficient and effective response services. Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003 in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which includes the Incident Command System (ICS), is a standardized emergency response system used by all first responders to coordinate response efforts before, during and after an emergency. In 2005, NIMS was mandated for adoption by all entities receiving federal preparedness funds, including grantees. Because all schools and IHEs are integral components of every community and its government, regardless of whether they are recipients of Federal preparedness funds, DHS and ED recommend all schools and IHEs implement NIMS.
This one-and-a-half-hour webinar will focus on the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command Structure (ICS) as it pertains to K-12 schools and school districts. The webinar will present information about the key elements of NIMS, training for key personnel, ICS roles for schools, and examples of how districts and schools can implement NIMS/ICS.
The webinar will be presented by Bob Spears, Director of Emergency Services with the Los Angeles (CA) Unified School District’s Office of Emergency Services.
Participants will learn about NIMS as a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable to all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. Specifically, this webinar is intended to help participants:
- Understand the basic elements of the Safe School Plan.
- Gain awareness of the Incident Command Structure (ICS) principles, terminology, and implementation.
- Learn multiple strategies for effective emergency exercises and training.
- Engage in an interactive scenario.
This webinar may also assist schools in the identification of key personnel to receive training based on their roles and responsibilities. Additionally, this course highlights the importance of aligning key staff with appropriate ICS roles and responsibilities and the need to provide adequate training at the appropriate level of NIMS/ICS for their sector or department.
About the Presenter:
Bob Spears has been a teacher and administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1973. He has been in charge of School Safety at all of his administrative assignments. In 2003, he became the Director of Emergency Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has worked on the District’s Safe School Plan for Emergency Procedures and the District’s Emergency Operations Center plan. He is the point of contact for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the American Red Cross, Emergency Preparedness Departments for the City and County of Los Angeles as well as the 28 municipalities served by the District.