Archive for the ‘NIMS-ICS Issues’ Category

Revised Planning Templates Available

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

In response to the legislation passed by the General Assembly this year, VDEM Local Planning Assistance has revised the Local Emergency Operations Plan template and the College and University EOP template. The revisions reflect amendments to the Code of Virginia, §23-9.2:9 and §44-146.18, that require state institutions of higher education and ...

New Emergency Management Institute Courses

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced that FEMA's Emergency Management Institute has revised and added new interactive Web-based courses that should be considered for employee work profiles and individual training plans. A complete list of the new and revised classes is available at http://training.fema.gov/IS/.

Federal Guide Helps Localities Create Emergency Plans

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises that FEMA has published a guide to help local and state governments create emergency operations plan. The interim Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, "Producing Emergency Plans: A Guide for All-Hazard Operations Planning for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments," integrates concepts from the National ...

Southwest Virginia Disaster Preparedness Summit

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced an emergency management training conference. The Southwest Virginia Disaster Preparedness Summit will introduce emergency management concepts, continuity of operations planning and school crisis management planning to local and state government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private-sector partners. Modules will cover three main topics. The role ...

DHS Clarifies ICS 300 and ICS 400 Instruction

Friday, June 6th, 2008

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has clarified the procedures pertaining to Incident Command System 300 (Intermediate) and ICS 400 (Advanced) courses. DHS says the two courses should not be taught back-to-back or as a continuous program. In addition, they must not be taught in less than 32 hours of ...

National Preparedness Training Initiative Grants Available

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

VDEM has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering $27.2 million to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, national associations, nonprofits, higher education institutions and the private sector through the FY08 Competitive Training Grant Program. This program awards funds to support training initiatives that are national in scope and ...

Revised NIMS Compliance Template

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to see this memorandum from Sam Hoffman, the DCJS Homeland Security Coordinator. You will note that Sam discusses the impact that an agency's incident management procedure has on its training requirements. This is one of the issues ...

Changes to NIMS Division Name/Contact Info

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

VDEM has advised that in order to better reflect recent organizational changes, the Incident Management Systems Division (formerly the NIMS Integration Center) has changed the e-mail address for NIMS-related inquiries to FEMA-NIMS@dhs.gov. To provide uninterrupted service during the transition, the old e-mail address, NIMS-Integration-Center@dhs.gov, will remain active for three to six ...

Revised NIMS Implementation Matrices

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

On October 24, 2006, the NIMS Integration Center released the NIMS Implementation Matrices. The matrices articulated new FY 2007 implementation activities for states/territories and tribal entities/local governments, which served as the basis for the development of performance-based metrics. Since their initial release, minor edits have been made to ...

NIMS Implementation Fact Sheets – Private Sector

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Local governments handles most emergencies that arise. However, when a community's resources are insufficient to respond to an incident, local government may call on the private sector and/or nongovernmental organizations for assistance. The Fact Sheets below help private sector and non-governmental organizations to prepare to assist in an ...

Local Government 2008 NIMS Compliance

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Local governments must complete the below listed elements by September 30, 2008, to be eligible for receipt of federal preparedness funds effective October 1, 2008: Designate a single point of contact to serve as the principal coordinator for NIMS implementation. Ensure the Public Information System can gather, verify, coordinate, and disseminate information ...

Local Government 2007 NIMS Compliance

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Local governments must complete the below listed elements (same as the 2006 requirements, but see the Notes below for new measurement information) by September 30, 2007, to be eligible for receipt of federal preparedness funds effective October 1, 2007: Adopt NIMS at the local level for all government departments and agencies; ...

NIMS/ICS Training: Need Help Navigating the FEMA Website?

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

I set up a shell on-line course for the IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) to help students find their way through the FEMA website. Although personnel from most agencies have completed the mandatory IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System and IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial ...

Update: 2007 NIMS Compliance Standards

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Standards for 2007 National Incident Management System compliance, required for federal preparedness funds, are now available. For FY07, the Department of Homeland Security has changed the certification process. Unlike the process used for FY05 and FY06, which required ...