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NIMS Overview 

The National Incident Management System, established March 1, 2004, outlines standard incident management processes, protocols and procedures so that all local, state, federal and private sector emergency responders can coordinate their responses and share a common focus. All local governments and state agencies must comply with NIMS to be eligible for federal preparedness assistance. Pennsylvania adopted NIMS on December 20, 2004.
 

Authorities and References

Federal 
 
Compliance and Training 
A core principle of NIMS is training.  Training is outlined in the NIMS Training Plan (9/2011) and must be reported for tracking compliance with NIMS annually.
 
 

Timelines & Deadlines 

Individual forms, approved federal courses: CDP/Anniston, New Mexico Tech, CTOS, ACBIRC, TEEX, LSU, TTCI, and NDPTC. Application lead times and acceptance criteria are determined by each individual school.
 
Your request may be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than 42 days prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 90 days for approvals.
 
Individual forms, non-approved federal courses: courses with AWR, PER, MGT prefixes or any course not listed in the DHS State Sponsored or Federally Sponsored Catalogs. Application lead times and acceptance criteria are determined by each individual school.
 
Your request may be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than 42 days prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 120 days for approvals.
 
Emergency Management Institute (EMI) forms: PEMA will verify the course and student eligibility. Your request will be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than six (6) weeks prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 90 days for approvals.  Due to declining funding levels, less offerings of courses will be available in 2015 and out-years.  The earlier an application is submitted, the better chance of being admitted into the course.”
 

Resource Typing 

Resource typing is another key principle of NIMS. NIMS requires that states and local jurisdictions type resources – especially those purchased with HSGP and other federal preparedness funding – to either Tier 1 National or Tier 2 State/Local resource typing definitions. The initial round of Tier 2 State/Local Resource Typing Definitions have been completed and are listed by discipline below.  More will be released as they are completed.  Any questions, comments, or suggestions for inclusion of other resources should be directed to the Commonwealth NIMS Coordinator at RA-EMNIMS@pa.gov
 
 
 
 
 
 

Animal and Feed Emergency Response Tier 2 Resource Definitions

National Integration Center     

 

 

NIMS Point of Contact:

Kirsten Cohick – NIMS Coordinator, Bureau of Planning, Training, and Exercise
717-346-4448
 

NTED/TEMD Point of Contact: 

John Breive – Emergency Management Specialist, Bureau of Planning, Training, and Exercise
717-651-2163
jbreive@pa.gov