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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 19, 2007

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Cut line: "Presenter Lou Madeira leads Mendocino College staff through an all-day training on the National Incident Management System and Standard Emergency Management System."

Mendocino College Prepares for Emergencies

Emergency Preparation workshopUkiah, CA – On September 12 and 13, forty-six Mendocino College personnel completed an 8-hour session of National Incident Management System / Standard Emergency Management System (NIMS/SEMS) training. The workshop was a collaboration involving Mendocino College’s Public Safety Programs, the Superintendent/President’s Office, and the Instruction Office.

The active-shooter incident at Virginia Tech created heightened awareness amongst Mendocino College staff of the need to revise their Emergency Preparedness Plan. Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner met with various constituent groups of the college and made emergency preparedness training and campus safety a priority for students and staff.
“Both federal and state laws require community colleges to plan and prepare for all types of disasters in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. This includes training under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Standard Emergency Management System (SEMS), along with having a compliant emergency operation plan,” explains Lehner.

Guest speakers at the workshops were Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas D. Allman, Emergency Services Coordinator of Mendocino County William Woodworth, California Community College Emergency Management Coordinator Dr. Craig Zachlod, and Instructor Lou Madeira, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Napa Valley College, US Davis, and Mendocino College. In the past year, Madeira has worked for several agencies in seven states related to emergency management/preparedness training.

The sessions covered organizing an Incident Command System (ICS) to handle a wide range of disasters. Scenarios that were reviewed included regional flood, light airplane crash, earthquake roof collapse, arson fire, and violent active-shooter incident.

Since 2006, Mendocino College has taken a lead in presenting seven NIMS/SEMS training workshops in multiple locations to numerous public safety agencies in Mendocino and Lake Counties.

In addition to the training sessions, the College has a standing Safety Committee to discuss current issues and plan future training opportunities. There is also a separate Emergency Preparation committee with representatives from various constituent groups of Mendocino College. Recently hired Director of Maintenance & Operations Larry Wise is taking the lead on updating the College’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.

For additional information, contact the Mendocino College Public Information office at 468-3012.


Mendocino College Training: National Incident Management System (NIMS) & Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) for Response Personnel

Description: This course provides fundamental instruction in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The course content is specifically designed to meet Federal Homeland Security requirement for design ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 700 training. This course includes practical activities for participants.

Note: This course meets requirements for the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), Basic Standard Emergency Management System (SEMS), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200 and IS-700. This course has been approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standard’s and Training (POST).

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. IS-100 is a pre-requisite to the IS-200 course.

SEMS is the Standard Emergency Management System required by Government Code 8607(a) for managing response to multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional emergencies in California. SEMS consists of five organizational levels: field response, local government, operational area, regional, and state.

ICS-700 An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), This course explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course.

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