Colorado School Safety Resource Center NIMS & ICS Tools

Incident Command System (ICS) Tools for Schools

National Incident Management System (NIMS) SB08-181 and SB11-173

Senate Bill 181 (SB-181) Position Paper 2.09

  • The State legislature passed and Governor Ritter signed Senate Bill 181 (SB-181) into law during the 2008 legislative term. Most of its content amends the Safe School Act, of which most is reflected in Colorado Revised Statutes 22-32-109.1. SB-181 was an effort to better prepare school districts to respond to emergencies, both natural and manmade. SB-181 requires all districts and the Charter School Institute (CSI) to adopt the tenets of the National Response Framework (NRF), including the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). All districts and the CSI must establish a date by July 1, 2009 for when they expect to be in compliance with NIMS.

    Since the passage of SB-181 there has been some confusion as to what NIMS is, and what particular portions of NIMS should be required of the districts and the CSI. To assist the public education organizations in sorting out the legislation, state representatives met in September, 2008 which resulted in co-developing this Position Statement. Following this statement, the authors offer further information about NIMS, the specific elements required by SB-181 and their supporting rationale, and training and Website resources.

Other NIMS & ICS Tools

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Local Colorado Office - FEMA Region VIII

  • Emergency Management Institute

    • The Emergency Management Institute was created to support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA's goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.

    • Contains access to several online and distance learning courses.

Several Online & Distance Learning Courses

School Emergency Management Training Programs

  • The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Education recommend all key personnel involved in school emergency management and incident response take the NIMS, ICS, and NRF training courses and support the implementation of NIMS.

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System - ICS 100

  • ICS100 introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training courses., This course describes the history and features of ICS as well as the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-120.A: An Introduction to Exercises

  • This course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC).

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents

  • ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education & Houses of Worship

  • This course provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents.

IS-362.A: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

  • This course covers basic information about developing, implementing, and maintaining a school emergency operations plan (EOP). The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the importance of schools having an EOP and basic information on how an EOP is developed, exercised, and maintained.

IS-366: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

  • The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for Emergency Managers and implementers of children's programs about meeting the unique needs that arise among children as a result of a disaster or emergency.

IS-546.A: Continuity of Operations Planning Awareness

  • This course introduces students to the concept of continuity planning., The course provides a brief overview of continuity, including its definition, the legal basis for continuity planning, the Continuity Program Management Cycle, and essential elements of a viable continuity program.

IS-547.A: Introduction to Continuity of Operations

  • This course is to be completed after taking the IS-546.a: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course. The IS 547.a course describes the Continuity Management Cycle and how it should be used to develop sound continuity of operations plans.

IS-660: Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships

  • This course provides an introduction to the role of public-private partnerships in emergency preparedness and planning. The goal of this training is to establish a common vocabulary for public sector agencies and private sector organizations interested in utilizing partnerships to improve response, recovery, and resilience.

IS-662: Improving Preparedness & Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships

  • Public-private partnerships enhance all aspects of emergency management: preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. They do so by engaging in activities such as information sharing, emergency planning, emergency communications, and resource sharing. This course describes how to establish and sustain public-private partnerships, as well as how to communicate and share resources in a partnership.

IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National, Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

IS-800.C: National Response Framework - An Introduction

  • The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.

IS-2900.A: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview

  • This course provides individuals supporting disaster recovery efforts with a foundation in National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) key concepts, core principles and roles and responsibilities of NDRF leadership (including those of individuals and households to governmental entities at the local, State, tribal, and Federal levels, and between public, private and nonprofit sectors).

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)

    • NIMS is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards - regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity - in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. The NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System (NPS) and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center - U.S. Department of Education

  • The REMS TA center provides these downloadable specialized training packages which feature self-paced emergency management training materials to support high-quality emergency management across a range of special topics. School emergency managers may use these materials to train their colleagues or to brush up on their own knowledge regarding special topics in school emergency management. Each package includes training instructions, a Powerpoint presentation, and supplemental resources. Tabletop exercises are also included with some packages.




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