IS-700 Student study guide


1. NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional



2. NIMS provides a flexible framework that facilitates government and private entities at all levels working together to manage domestic incidents.


3. ICS is a proven system that is used widely for incident management by firefighters, rescuers, emergency medical teams, and hazardous materials teams. ICS represents organizational “best practices” and has become the standard for incident response across the country.


4. Maintaining adequate span of control throughout the ICS organization is critical. Effective span of control may vary from three to seven, and a ratio of one supervisor to five reporting elements is recommended.


5. Learning and using standard terminology helps reduce confusion between the day-to-day position occupied by an individual and his or her position at the incident.


6. IAP's depend on management by objectives to accomplish response tactics.


7. For example, a Unified Command may be used for: A hazardous materials spill that contaminates a nearby reservoir. In this incident, the fire department, the water authority, and the local environmental authority may each participate in a Unified Command


8. Area Commands are particularly relevant to public health emergencies because these incidents are typically Nonsite specific.


9. An Area Command is organized similarly to an ICS structure but, because operations are conducted on-scene, there is no Operations Section in an Area Command.


10. The primary functions of Multi-agency Coordination Systems are to: Make resource allocation decisions based on incident management priorities.


11. EOCs may also support multiagency coordination and joint information activities.


12. The PIO establishes and operates within the parameters established for the Joint Information System—or JIS.


13. In the case of a Unified Command, those contributing to joint public information management do not lose their individual identities or responsibilities.


14. All JIC’s must communicate and coordinate with each other on an ongoing basis using established JIS protocols.


15. National-level preparedness standards related to NIMS will be maintained and managed through a multi-jurisdictional, multidiscipline center, using a collaborative process at the NIMS Integration Center.


16. Preparedness organizations at all levels should follow NIMS standards and undertake the following tasks: Establishing guidelines and protocols to promote interoperability among jurisdictions and agencies


17. Corrective Action and Mitigation Plans include activities required to implement procedures based on lessons learned from actual incidents or training and exercises.


18. To assist jurisdictions in meeting these training and exercise needs, the

NIMS Integration Center will: Define general training requirements and approved training courses

For all NIMS users, including instructor qualifications and course completion documentation?


19. To facilitate national equipment certification, NIMS will: Review and approve lists of emergency responder equipment that meet national requirements


20. Mutual aid agreements and Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (EMACs) provide the means for one jurisdiction to provide resources or other support to another jurisdiction during an incident. To facilitate the timely delivery of assistance during incidents,


21. Identifying and “typing” resources: Resource “typing” involves categorizing resources by capability based on measurable standards of capability and performance—


22. NIMS ensure that all personnel possess a minimum level of training, experience, fitness, capability and currency by providing training to personnel who will be assigned to Command Staff positions.


23. Resource ordering: Requests for items that the Incident Commander cannot obtain locally must be submitted through the EOC or Multi-agency Coordination Entity using standardized resource-ordering procedures.


24. Resource managers use established procedures to track resources continuously from mobilization through demobilization.


25. Common operating picture helps to ensure consistency at all levels, among all who respond to or manage incident response