On Friday, November 15th, South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) and Saddleback College managers and administrators attended a National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF) conference that provided training on and resources in emergency preparedness.
The exceptional workshop was led by Saddlebacks’ Chief of Police Christopher Wilkinson, and Kim Aufhauser, special advisor for emergency Management to the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office. The day-long conference provided attendees with information on NIMS, a foundation for incident management at all jurisdiction levels, and NRF, a framework that defines guiding principles on how the nation responds to emergency situations.
Broken into two sessions, the morning lecture focused on several NIMS components such as, preparedness, communication and information management, resource management, and command management. The afternoon session focused on NRF roles and responsibilities, response actions, response organization, and planning activity.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Mobile Incident Command Vehicle was also onsite for managers and administrators to tour.
During the event, Andrew Craven, police technical services specialist, recognized the college’s Community emergency Response Team (CERT) members, Susan Cook, administrative assistant for the Division of Math, Science and Engineering, and Karen Kelley, senior lab technician for their response to an emergency on campus.
At the end of the day, managers and administrations completed a final exam and were presented with a certificate of achievement and a Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) Card to communicate with key national security and emergency preparedness personal during emergency events.