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NURSING HOME INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM

The Incident Command System is  part of the emergency management system in many levels (federal, state, and local). It is the basis for the National Incident Management System and California's State Emergency Management System. Every significant incident or event, whether large or small, and whether it is even defined as an emergency, requires certain management functions to be performed. 

Building on the work of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), the California Association of Health Facilities has developed the Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) Manual and Train-the-Trainer Program as a method of organizing and coordinating emergency efforts in the Long-Term Care community.

NOTE: Originally posted in 2010, NHICS was revised in 2011 by the American Health Care Association Disaster Preparedness Committee to increase its national applicability and relevancy to long-term care health facilities. It has been revised again in 2017 by CAHF-DPP and Emerge Technologies for a better user experience, and to be more applicable to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Users are encouraged to check this site regularly for updates and revisions to the NHICS.

Click Here to download the OLD 2011 version of the NHICS guidebook and pertinent materials you may already be using.

NHICS FORMS  |  JOB ACTION SHEETS  |  INCIDENT PLANNING GUIDE  |  INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDE  |  TRAINING MODULES


FULL MATERIALS

Full NHICS Document (optimized for electronic navigation) (pdf)

NHICS Guidebook (pdf)

Combined NHICS Forms (pdf)


NHICS FORMS

NHICS 201: Incident Briefing and Operational Log (pdf) 

NHICS 202: Incident Objectives (pdf

NHICS 203: Organization Assignment List (pdf

NHICS 205: Incident Communications Plan (pdf

NHICS 206: Staff Injury Plan (pdf

NHICS 207: Organizational Chart (pdf)

NHICS 251: Facility System Status Report (pdf

NHICS 252: Section Personnel Time Sheet (pdf) (word)

NHICS 253: Volunteer Staff Registration (pdf) (word)

NHICS 254: Master Emergency Admit Tracking Form (pdf) (word)

NHICS 255: Master Resident Evacuation Tracking Form (pdf) (word)

NHICS 257: Resource Accounting Record (pdf) (word)

NHICS 258: Facility Resource Directory (pdf) (word)

NHICS 259: Master Facility Casualty & Fatality Report (pdf) (word)

NHICS 260: Individual Resident Evacuation Tracking Form (pdf) (word)

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NHICS JOB ACTION SHEETS

Command Staff:  

Incident Commander (pdf) (word)

Safety Officer (pdf) (word)

Medical Director/Specialist  (pdf) (word)

Public Information Officer/Liaison (pdf) (word)

Operations Section:  

Operations Section Chief (pdf) (word)

Resident Services Branch Director (pdf) (word)

Infrastructure Branch Director (pdf) (word)

Planning Section:  

Planning Section Chief (pdf) (word)

Logistics Section:  

Logistics Section Chief (pdf) (word)

Resident Services Branch Director  (pdf) (word)

Finance/Admin Section:  

Finance/Admin Section Chief (pdf) (word)

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NHICS INCIDENT PLANNING GUIDE

All-Hazards Incident Planning Guide (pdf) (word)

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NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES

Active Shooter (pdf) (word)

Earthquake (pdf) (word)

Evacuation (pdf) (word)

Fire (pdf) (word)

Flood (pdf) (word)

Hazardous Material Waste (pdf) (word)

Infectious Disease (pdf) (word)

Missing Resident (pdf) (word)

Severe Weather (Cold/Heat) (pdf) (word)

Shelter-in-Place (pdf) (word)

Utility Failure (pdf) (word)

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NHICS TRAINING MODULES

Training Module One: Introduction and Personal Preparedness (pdf) (ppt)

Training Module Two: Utilizing the NHICS Guidebook (pdf) (ppt)

Training Module Three: The Response Tool-Kit (pdf) (ppt)

Training Module Four: Implementing NHICS and the Planning Tool-Kit (pdf) (ppt)

Compiled Training Modules (pdf) (ppt)

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  NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES (IRG's)

  Infectious Disease Outbreak: Biologic-Pandemic Influenza

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Major Earthquake

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Severe Weather

(pdf)

(word)

  Internal Flooding

(pdf)

(word)

  Fire

(pdf)

(word)

  Man Made Disaster: Loss of Power

(pdf)

(word)

 

  NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES (IRG's)

  Infectious Disease Outbreak: Biologic-Pandemic Influenza

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Major Earthquake

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Severe Weather

(pdf)

(word)

  Internal Flooding

(pdf)

(word)

  Fire

(pdf)

(word)

  Man Made Disaster: Loss of Power

(pdf)

(word)

 

  NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES (IRG's)

  Infectious Disease Outbreak: Biologic-Pandemic Influenza

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Major Earthquake

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Severe Weather

(pdf)

(word)

  Internal Flooding

(pdf)

(word)

  Fire

(pdf)

(word)

  Man Made Disaster: Loss of Power

(pdf)

(word)

 

  NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES (IRG's)

  Infectious Disease Outbreak: Biologic-Pandemic Influenza

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Major Earthquake

(pdf)

(word)

  Natural Disaster: Severe Weather

(pdf)

(word)

  Internal Flooding

(pdf)

(word)

  Fire

(pdf)

(word)

  Man Made Disaster: Loss of Power

(pdf)

(word)

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