Category Archives: LINCS Health Partners

NIMS Compliance


Resourses to assist public health and healthcare partners meet the NIMS requirements


In accordance with Governor Richard Codey’s Executive Order 50, compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a prerequisite to obtaining any federal preparedness assistance. The NIMS is intended to provide “a consistent, flexible, and adjustable national framework to enable first responders at all levels of government,  along with the private sector and non governmental organizations,  to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, regardless of cause, size or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism.”

Essex Regional Health Commission has provided the NIMS Training Guideline from the Department of Homeland Security. This list provides the required trainings as well as what personnel should take them.





  Training Requirements

(Click on Links for Classes Available Online)

Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


Entry level first responders & disaster workers

  • Emergency Medical Service personnel
  • Firefighters
  • Hospital staff
  • Law Enforcement personnel
  • Public Health personnel
  • Public Works/Utility personnel
  • Skilled Support Personnel
  • Other emergency management response, support, volunteer personnel at all levels




Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


First line supervisors, single resource leaders, field supervisors, and other emergency management/response personnel that require a higher level of ICS/NIMS Training.




Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:

Middle management including strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff.



Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


Command and general staff, select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, area commanders, emergency managers, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center managers.



1.  Specialized ICS 100 training is available for Hospital/Healthcare, Law Enforcement and Public Works

2.  Specialized ICS 200 training is available for Healthcare Organizations

NOTE-  This chart was obtained from the NIMS website


Links for Health Professionals

Links to other useful resources

New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps


An easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers to the human services they need



Ready Together NJ – A public health guide to emergency planning


State of NJ Bioterrorism Preparedness Links Page


New Jersey Health Alert Network


Center for Disease Control’s Bioterrorism Page


Be Ready and Prepared


New Jersey Homeland Security


Helping Children Cope with Disaster


Children, Terrorism and Disasters




American Red Cross


Preparedness for People with Disabilities


Preparedness for Pets


Emergency medical multilingual phrasebook


USDOT 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook


Health & Safety Information for Emergency Response – Internet Links

Epidemiology and Surveillance

GoalEnhance, develop, and ensure the use of statewide, integrated surveillance systems and epidemiologic capacity for the rapid detection and control of unusual outbreaks of illness that may be the result of bioterrorism, other outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies within the LINCS region.

What is Epidemiology?  

A less entertaining, but more conventional, definition of epidemiology is “the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states in specified populations, and the application of this study to control health problems.” A look at the key words will help illuminate the meaning:

  • Study—Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It’s a highly quantitative discipline based on principles of statistics and research methodologies.

  • Distribution—Epidemiologists study the distribution of frequencies and patterns of health events within groups in a population. To do this, they use descriptive epidemiology, which characterizes health events in terms of time, place, and person.

  • Determinants—Epidemiologists also attempt to search for causes or factors that are associated with increased risk or probability of disease. This type of epidemiology, where we move from questions of “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when” and start trying to answer “how” and “why,” is referred to as analytical epidemiology.

  • Health-related states—Although infectious diseases were clearly the focus of much of the early epidemiological work, this is no longer true. Epidemiology as it is practiced today is applied to the whole spectrum of health-related events, which includes chronic disease, environmental problems, behavioral problems, and injuries in addition to infectious disease.

  • Populations—One of the most important distinguishing characteristics of epidemiology is that it deals with groups of people rather than with individual patients.

  • Control—Finally, although epidemiology can be used simply as an analytical tool for studying diseases and their determinants, it serves a more active role. Epidemiological data steers public health decision making and aids in developing and evaluating interventions to control and prevent health problems. This is the primary function of applied, or field, epidemiology.


  1. Influenza Surveillance:  The ERHC Epidemiologist receives weekly Influenza reports from schools, nursing homes, and emergency rooms. These data are incorporated into the state’s summary of weekly Influenza reports.   

    New updated numbers on vaccine effectiveness for 2012-13 season.

  2. Pediatric Influenza Surveillance
  3. Communicable Disease Surveillance:

       New Jersey Administrative Code 8:57 for the Communicable Diseases:

       Case Definitions of the Communicable Diseases:

       Communicable Disease Forms:

       Vaccine Preventable Disease:

      West Nile Virus Surveillance: