National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's NIMS Integration Center oversees all aspects of NIMS, including the development of compliance criteria and implementation activities at federal, state and local levels. It provides guidance and support to jurisdictions and incident management and responder organizations as they adopt the system. The site also includes information on NIMS training, downloadable documents, and tools and templates. The “NIMS Basic” series describes the concepts and principles, systems and processes, responsibilities, and required capabilities associated with NIMS’ major components. The series consists of nine guides: NIMS Introduction and Overview, Command and Management, Preparedness, Resource Management, Communications and Information Management, Supporting Technologies, Ongoing Management and Maintenance, Incident Command System, and Resource Typing.
NIMS National Standard Curriculum: Training Development Guidance
The NIMS Integration Center also developed guidelines in 2005 for Incident Command System (ICS) training providers to help ensure that their training meets NIMS requirements and is consistent with the concepts, principles, and characteristics of the NIMS ICS training offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) training entities and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. This guidance outlines NIMS ICS concepts and principles, management characteristics, organizations and operations, organizational element titles, and recommendations for a model curriculum. It also provides an evaluation checklist that may be used to make sure ICS training meets the “as taught by DHS” standard.
NIMSonline.com was launched to support federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS). As an independent, multijurisdictional, and multidiscipline clearinghouse, this Web site provides current NIMS news and open-source document access and serves as an information guide for the developing NIMS Community.
National Response Plan
The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines—homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector—and integrates them into a unified structure. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents. The plan, updates, and the Quick Reference Guide to the National Response Plan are available at this Web site.
Nationwide Plan Review: Phase I Report
Released in February 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nationwide Plan Review: Phase I Report (36 pp.) provides the status of catastrophic planning in every state and 75 of the nation’s largest urban areas. The report to Congress presents the initial findings based on the self assessments of emergency operations plans conducted by states, territories, and urban areas. It indicates that while current plans are generally consistent with existing federal planning guidance and voluntary standards, many states, territories, and urban areas are concerned about the adequacy and feasibility of their plans to deal with catastrophic events.
DHS/ Homeownership Alliance Emergency Preparedness Guide
The result of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Homeownership Alliance, this new "Emergency Preparedness Guide" outlines the steps homeowners can take to prepare for an emergency. It includes information on emergency supplies, effective family emergency plans, threats that homeowners may face, and resources available to homeowners through DHS, the Homeownership Alliance, and local government and community officials.
Naval Postgraduate School's Homeland Security Digital Library
The Naval Postgraduate School's Homeland Security Digital Library is a gateway to a wide range of authoritative resources on the subject of homeland security. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Domestic Preparedness, the password-restricted Web site is for government officials and scholars who are working to secure the nation and require access to information on a wide spectrum of homeland security-related topics. Resources include a large collection of authoritative documents and relevant online and locally' held resources, the ability to search multiple online databases, homeland security news headlines, an "Ask the Librarian" feature for research questions, and a Weblog announcing new reports, book reviews, and other relevant resources.
Emergency Transportation Operations and Homeland Security
The Federal Highway Administration has reengineered and expanded its emergency transportation operations and homeland security Web site with the continued purpose of providing state and local agencies with valuable information to help them make wise decisions to improve the security of roadway operations. Resources are organized based on prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery classifications. New content includes sections on cybersecurity and funding.
Disaster Timeline Charts
Several time line charts are available from Claire B. Rubin & Associates, including a Disaster Time Line (1978-2006), the Terrorism Time Line (1993-2006), and the Century Time Line (1900-2005). The charts can be browsed online at the project website, or hard copies can be ordered. The poster-sized charts show major focusing events and the influences each event had on major outcomes—reports and analyses; federal statutes, regulations and executive orders; federal response plans; and major federal organizational changes
Center for State Homeland Security (CSHS)
The CSHS is a national resource dedicated to supporting state and local governments carry out their role in homeland security while supporting the evolution of a national strategy across all levels of government and the private sector. CSHS is structured as a nonprofit collaboration governed by the National Emergency Management Association, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and Mitretek Systems. CSHS supports strategic planning and timely access to available information, facilities, and tools. By pooling efforts to address common concerns, state and local governments will have more resources available to acquire needed equipment, develop and train personnel, and coordinate services.
National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security
The primary role of the National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security is to promote, support, and enhance academic research, technology development, education and training, and service programs dealing with all aspects of international and homeland security, through collaboration and information sharing.
Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium
The Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium is a network of teaching and research institutions focused on promoting education, research, and cooperation related to and supporting the homeland security/defense mission. The consortium is committed to building and maintaining a community of higher education institutions supporting this mission and the overall homeland security effort through the sharing and advancement of knowledge. Web resources include suggested syllabi, course materials, and links to relevant Web sites.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies
The Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies web site provides categorized information relating to terrorism and other disasters. Topics include biological, chemical and radiological weapons; bioterrorism; disasters and emergencies; emergency medical services; environmental disasters; natural disasters and extreme weather; mental health and traumatic events; and safety of the water supply.
Ready New York
The cornerstone of the Ready New York campaign, this comprehensive household preparedness guide offers tips and information about a wide range of potentially hazardous situations New Yorkers may face.
Homeland Security Standards Database
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developed the Homeland Security Standards Database (HSSD) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first set of standards is loaded under the categories of threats, emergency preparedness and response, borders and transportation, information analysis and infrastructure protection, and DHS adopted standards. Many of these categories have additional subcategories for further specificity.
The goal of the HSSD is to provide a single comprehensive source for standards that relate to homeland security. To meet this goal, ANSI is working with DHS, standards developing organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and classify relevant standards. The initial effort deals with the area of first responders. This is being done in cooperation with the Responder Knowledge Base (http://www1.rkb.mipt.org/) and uses the Standardized Equipment List as the basis for the classification structure.