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FEMA logoNational Incident Management System (NIMS) CORE CURRICULUM

The NIMS Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management. This program revises the NIMS core to ensure it adequately trains emergency and incident response personnel to all concepts and principles of each NIMS component.

Baseline FEMA Training Requirements for all Employees Participating in Disaster Response: The following courses are designed to provide a ―baseline, as they introduce basic NIMS and ICS concepts and provide the foundation for higher-level Emergency Operations Center- (EOC), MACS-, and ICS-related training:

IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction: This course introduces the NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System: This course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. It also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS.

There are additional trainings that provide an overview of key NIMS principles relating to MACS, public information, resource management, mutual aid, and communication and information management. FEMA recommends completion of the two baseline courses identified above prior to taking the following awareness and additional training relating to MACS, EOC, and ICS.

Access On-Line NIMS Training At: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp
For More Information on the National Incident Training Program 2011 Go To: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ICSResource/assets/nims_training_program.pdf


A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

For More Information on Go Bags go to: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit


The DMH Disaster Response Team shall convene with the activation of the State Mental Health Disaster Plan or at the discretion of the State Director or his designee(s) depending upon the magnitude of the disaster. It shall remain operational until the recovery phase begins. The Disaster Response Team will meet daily to review the status of the response, emerging needs and requirements, assign tasks and areas of responsibility and debrief groups returning from the field assignments.


The DMH Disaster Response Team, with the assistance of the Division of Behavioral Healthcare Services, shall develop a mechanism for unaffected CMHC's and hospitals to provide a list of staff who are on standby or available to report for immediate deployment to affected areas.

Rosters and schedules shall be maintained by the DMH EOC regarding crisis counseling teams on standby and in the field documenting:

  1. Their names;
  2. The name of the sending CMHC/hospital;
  3. Their professional discipline or affiliation;
  4. Their clinical specialty (e.g., psychosocial rehabilitation, addictions, children and their families, crisis stabilization, deaf services, elderly, etc.);
  5. Their field assignment location;
  6. Their Team Leader;
  7. Their rotation dates into and out of the field;
  8. Their expected date of return to regular duty follow their crisis counseling rotation;
  9. Their availability for subsequent rotations;
  10. Their debriefing plan and schedule.