University of Houston-Victoria

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NIMS & ICS Training

Though Higher Education Institution (HEI) officials are not typically tasked to be highly trained, first-response, emergency management personnel, they do play a vital role in the process. Emergency management teams should determine which personnel need to received training based on their role(s) in the overall HEIs emergency management program. In accordance with guidance as provided by the U.S. Department of Education, "Key personnel" are required to complete the following four courses* in order for an individual or HEI to be considered NIMS compliant:

  1. IS-100.SCA: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools
  2. ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  3. IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
  4. IS-800.C: National Response Framework, an Introduction

General Role - Required Training

Personnel with any role in emergency preparedness, incident management, or response should complete the following TWO courses:

NOTE: General Role Incident personnel may include:

  • Administrators, Faculty and Staff
  • Bus Drivers           
  • Coaches and Athletic Staff
  • Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Facilities, Maintenance and Utilities Personnel
  • Housing and Food Service Personnel
  • Information Technology Personnel
  • Media Relations    
  • Nurses and Health Center Personnel
  • Police and Security Staff
  • Research Personnel              
  • Ride-out-Team Members

Critical Role - Required Training

Emergency management personnel with a critical role in response should complete the following four courses, at a minimum:

NOTE: Critical Role Incident personnel may include:

  • Administrators
  • Emergency Responders
  • Facilities, Maintenance and Utilities Personnel
  • Media Relations
  • President
  • Provost  
  • Police and Security Staff
  • Vice Presidents

Leadership Role - Recommended Training

Emergency management personnel typically obligated to command and/or manage an incident in the absence of traditional emergency/incident response personnel may complete:

NOTE: Leadership Role Incident personnel may include:

  • President
  • Provost  
  • Vice President
  • Chief of Police
  • Director of Emergency Management