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NOAA-specific ICS-300 Training Course

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 — The NOS Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) is offering a NOAA-specific ICS-300 (Incident Command System) class on April 23-25 in Charleston, South Carolina, that meets the requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) used by federal agencies during expanding incidents as required by Executive Order.

It is hosted by NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team.

The course includes typical ICS staffing structure and organization, reporting and working relationships, and information flow, transfer of command, and unified command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident, ICS forms, resource management, and interagency mission planning and procurement.

Unlike ICS-300 courses provided by other agencies, the NOAA-centric ICS-300 Level Training Course also includes key information as to NOAA’s authorities and responsibilities relative to preparedness, emergency response, resilience, and recovery activities for major incidents and natural disasters. The NOAA Concept of Operations (CONOPS Plan) and incident coordination by NOAA’s Homeland Security Program Office (HSPO) are also included as topic areas. This course expands upon the basic information covered in FEMA’s ICS-100 and 200 level online training courses.

Course Name: NOAA-Specific Intermediate Incident Command System Training – 300 Level

Course Format: Classroom

Course Duration: 3 days

Course Cost: There is no charge for NOAA staff and contractors to take the course. Travel support to attend is not available.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, the participant should have a functional understanding of the following:

  • NIMS/ICS management principles and organizational structure for expanding incidents
  • Incident command authorities and change of command process
  • Knowledge of ICS forms, resource management, and mission planning
  • Implementation of the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident
  • Development of an initial Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident
  • NOAA authorities and responsibilities during emergencies

Expected Outcomes: NOAA staff and contractors taking this course will have a greater understanding of NOAA’s authorities, responsibilities, and resources, and be able to effectively work within established incident management norms whether assisting in NOAA’s management of an emergency or deployed to an emergency or disaster center managed under NIMS/ICS principles such as a FEMA Joint Field Office or a USCG Unified Command.

Intended Students/Participants: NOAA staff and contractors that are likely to be assigned roles in assisting in emergency management and preparedness planning activities under the NOAA CONOPS Plan or be deployed to other incident commands. Staff requiring greater knowledge of NIMS/ICS and NOAA’s roles in response to major events.

Application/Registration: Participants must apply/register for the course by April 1, 2019. Early registration is appreciated as a minimum number of participants are necessary for the course to proceed. There is also a maximum of 30 allowed for the course. Course location and times will be provided to registrants. Please register via the online application form.

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