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IS-700.A : National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

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Course Overview

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.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the intent of NIMS.
  2. Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS. 
  3. Describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.
  4. Describe the purpose of the National Integration Center.

Note: This course provides a basic introduction to NIMS. It is not designed to replace Incident Command System and position-specific training.

Primary Audience

Individuals with emergency management responsibilities including prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.





Course Length:

3 hours
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