LPS district was recently awarded a Federal grant entitled, 2009 Readiness and Emergency Management For Schools (REMS). The period of the grant runs through January 2011. Various action items, recordkeeping measurements, and reporting requirements are identified for us to complete. I am now asking for your support and action so that we can fulfill the grant’s intent. This concerns the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training requirement.
The REMS grant requires us to adopt NIMS and increase the qualification of key district and school staff in the NIMS courses by a factor of two. Many of you completed two different NIMS courses a few years ago when we had a similar grant. The NIMS courses that we must now complete are: (1) IS-100.SCa, Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools, and (2) IS-200.a, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents. These are new courses that none of you have completed.
Everyone who completes both the IS-100.SCa and IS-200.a will receive course completion certificates from the Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Please ensure that at least three of your Emergency Management Team (EMT) members complete these two courses and forward their completion certificates to the Director of Security, LPSDO by the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
On February 28, 2003, the President issued Homeland Security Directive (HSPD-5) and directed the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS), which would provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. The NIMS is a comprehensive system that improves local agency and organizational response operations through the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the application of standardized procedures and preparedness measures. It promotes development of cross-jurisdictional, statewide, and interstate regional mechanisms for coordinating response and obtaining assistance during a large-scale or complex incident.
The NIMS compliance should be considered and undertaken as a community-wide effort. The benefit of NIMS is most evident at the local level, when a community as a whole prepares for and provides an integrated response to an incident. Implementation of the NIMS in every local jurisdiction establishes a baseline capability that once established nationwide, can be used as a foundation upon which more advanced homeland security capabilities can be built.
The HSPD-5 requires all Federal departments and agencies to adopt the NIMS and use it in their individual domestic incident management and emergency prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs and activities, as well as tin support of all actions taken to assist State and local entities. The directive also requires Federal departments and agencies to make adoption of the NIMS by State and local organizations a condition for Federal preparedness assistance through grants, contracts, and other activities beginning in FY 2005.
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