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NIMS Implementation Activities For Schools and Higher Education Institutions

 

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security is pleased to announce the release of the “NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).” issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS).

As recipients of Federal preparedness funding through the ED’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) and Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) Discretionary Grant Program, local educational institutions and schools are required to fulfill NIMS implementation activities in close coordination with members of their local government and emergency response community. Additionally, it is recommended that all schools and HEIs review and implement these activities as they are key steps any school or HEI can take in advance of an emergency, and may also formalize many activities already being conducted by schools or HEIs.

The Higher Education Institutions and Schools NIMS Compliance requirements presents a set of key school and campus emergency management activities that will enhance the relationship between schools and campuses, their respective local governments, and their community partners as they communicate, collaborate, and coordinate on these NIMS activities.

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and the Regents for Higher Education's Goal 2010 Manual outlines the 15 NIMS implementation activities that are required for schools and HEIs receiving Federal preparedness funds. Included in this packet you will also find information on the definition of “Key” personnel and accessing ICS Training Courses.

For additional guidance documents associated with this announcement may be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Emergency Planning Link:   NIMS Compliance for Higher Education and Schools