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NIMS-Compliant Campus Emergency Management. Frannie Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM Deputy Director, NTSCOE & Dan Goodrich, MPA, CEM Research Associate Mineta Transportation Institute San Jose State University. Graphic logo for Mineta Transportation Institute, appears on most slides.

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NIMS-Compliant Campus Emergency Management

Frannie Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM

Deputy Director, NTSCOE &

Dan Goodrich, MPA, CEM

Research Associate

Mineta Transportation Institute

San Jose State University

Graphic logo for Mineta Transportation Institute, appears on most slides.

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This is an Interactive Session

  • Goal: to develop a strategy for a campus emergency plan at your campus

  • Use the Post-Its to note points that are important to an emergency plan for your campus

  • At the beginning of the interactive portion, put your notes on the appropriate sheet: categories are stakeholders, resources, critical issue within one of the functions

  • Notes will be reviewed, turned into guide sheet; sign in to get an e-mail with the guide sheet information

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What Are ICS, NIMS and SEMS?

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Incident Command System (ICS)- In the Field!

  • 1970’s origin, developed by FIRESCOPE

  • Common Terminology: tanker/tender

  • Five Function Command Structure

  • Expandable Organization: flexible, hierarchical, span of control

    • 1:3-1:7; ideal 1:5

  • Management by Objective

  • Resource Management

Graphic of transportation worker

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ICS Primary Functions

Organization chart showing the five functions of ICS

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The Five Functions

  • Command: overall tactical control

  • Operations: on-scene tactical management

  • Planning/Intel: Maps, sit stat, resource tracking, check-in/out

  • Logistics: support –food, supplies, contracts

  • Finance/Admin: track OT, expenses

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Why NIMS was developed

The success of ICS on 9/11 at the Pentagon Response Pointed To Need For National Incident Management System

Emergencies/Disasters/Catastrophes Are Unpredictable

Responders Need To Be Able To Work/ Communicate Together

Before 9/11 No Comprehensive Standards For National Response – ICS Fire Service only, and not nationwide

Provides Standards For Domestic Incident Response

Photo of transportation workers at the World Trade Center after 9/11

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California’s Standardized Emergency Management System

  • 1991 Eastbay Hills Firestorm

  • Petris Bill; Govt. Code 8607

  • Brings ICS indoors, now a jurisdiction-wide focus, policy and coordination

  • Directed by CalEMA

Four photos of the smoke and fire and emergency responders in the East Bay Hills Firestorm

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SEMS 5 Functions

Organization chart of the five functions of SEMS

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The Five Functions

  • Management: strategic, jurisdiction-wide, coordination

  • Operations: coordinates with field

  • Planning/Intelligence: maps, sit stat, RIMS, Recovery

  • Logistics: supports field and EOC

  • Finance/Admin: financial tracking for reimbursement through insurance, government

    • FEMA = 75%, state= 25%

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College EOC

  • ICS/NIMS/SEMS compliant annexes available in Word format at

  • Campus EOCs can customize the annexes for each campus

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Campus Emergency Plans

  • Unique campus challenges:

  • Young adults on their own for the first time

  • University is contractually responsible for care and shelter for residential students

  • Disability community

  • Concentrated population

  • Few internal responders

Two photos of

San Jose State


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Campus Emergency Plans

  • Specialized campus challenges:

  • Student housing

  • Student commuters

  • Faculty knowledge of response, cooperation

  • Unionized employees, no obligation to stay

  • Hazardous materials/labs

  • Utilities- internal water, power?

  • Not a tax payer, so not a community priority

  • Neighborhood expectations- shelter?

    • Note problems in Haiti with getting the school grounds back

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Campus Emergency Plans

  • Specialized campus resources:

  • Campus transportation resources

  • Campus repair/facilities

  • Campus medical, nursing students, clinic

  • Campus buildings – are they safe?

  • Campus feeding facilities

  • Campus open spaces/fields

Photo of bus on San Jose State campus

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Campus Emergency Plans

  • Essential campus emergency measures:

  • Coordinate with student and faculty groups, parents, local officials

  • Inventory campus resources and consider creative application, e.g., busses as shelters, ambulances for “greens” in mass casualty events

  • Housing students, stay or go home

  • Feeding capacity

  • Neighbors, especially in urban settings

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Speaker Contacts