National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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National Incident Management System (NIMS) establishes a single, comprehensive approach to domestic incident management to ensure that all levels of government across the nation have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together using a national approach to domestic incident management. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state and local governments to work together to prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of the cause, size or complexity. Those agencies that do not establish such system shall not be eligible for state reimbursement for any response or recovery related expenses.

Effective March 28, 2006, the University of Georgia (UGA) adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as established under a Presidential Directive and the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A. 38-5-57) as its system of preparing for and responding to disaster incidents and directs all incident managers and response organizations within the University of Georgia to train and exercise and use these systems in their response operations.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) manages UGA’s NIMS compliance, maintains NIMS training records and coordinates on-campus training sessions. All NIMS online training class certificates should be sent to OEP for record keeping purposes.

The UGA’s NIMS Training Plan was created to formalize OEP’s approach to address NIMS compliance in a consistent manner on campus. Furthermore, the plan will provide details on how OEP will notify, train, and maintain the records of the thousands of identified campus personnel who will need NIMS training in support of our campus compliance efforts.

This NIMS Training Plan is a campus-level plan intended to identify appropriate UGA personnel on the University of Georgia main campus, its extended campuses and personnel on any other UGA owned or leased property or facility who are required to participate in NIMS training courses.

The plan is a fluid document and will be updated on yearly basis or when appropriate guidance is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the State of Georgia or local government that necessitates changes or additions to the plan.

The main objective of the UGA NIMS Training Plan is to provide details on the University of Georgia’s approach to promote NIMS compliance on campus. As a result campus personnel have been identified that are required to complete predetermined NIMS training levels. Additional long-term campus NIMS objectives are consistent with local and state agency NIMS objectives.