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IS-702.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems


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Course Overview

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. This includes public information.

The public information systems described in NIMS are designed to effectively manage public information at an incident, regardless of the size and complexity of the situation or the number of entities involved in the response.

Note: IS-702.a is an updated version of the IS-702 course. If you have successfully completed IS-702, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.

Course Objectives:

The goal of this course is to facilitate NIMS compliance by providing you with the basic information and tools that you need to apply NIMS public information systems and protocols during incident management.
At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define NIMS public information systems to include onsite operations, the Joint Information System (JIS), and the Joint Information Center (JIC), and how they relate to each other.
  • Describe the JIS/JIC process of gathering, verifying, coordinating, and disseminating information by public information and incident management personnel.
  • Identify each agency involved in given emergency situations and the role of each in the JIS to ensure appropriate situational awareness information is communicated to the public.
  • Define key terms related to public information systems to include the relationship with multiagency coordination systems and the field.

Identify typical resource requirements for public information systems.

Primary Audience

This course is designed for local and State public information officers.


N/A. However, completion of IS 700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction is recommended.



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