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Social Worker
1/4/2019 4:46:15 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Public and Private Services and Resources
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Social Worker helps people solve and cope with problems during a disaster, including providing treatment for emotional issues
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Behavioral Health Community Services Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The Social Worker: 1. Provides assessment, intervention, and referral recommendations to address a range of psychosocial and environmental needs 2. Counsels clients to enhance, remediate, maintain, and restore clients' psychosocial functions 3. Educates clients on mental health programs, processes, and long-term resources within the community 4. Advocates for integrative approaches to disaster relief that promote normalization of the community and empowerment of the disaster survivor
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Bachelor’s Degree in social work from an accredited college or university
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training (minimum four hours)
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Two years of experience in a practice setting commensurate with the mission assignment
Physical/Medical FitnessPPE is mission-specific and may vary by working environment, including protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposures, eye and hearing protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Performs duties under moderate circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during shift 3. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months, sex offender registry check, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Functions in this position during an operational incident, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years 2. Immunizations up-to-date commensurate with mission assignment 3. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1State, the District of Columbia, or US territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as a Social Worker without restrictions
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
Please refer to the NIMS 509: Behavioral Health Specialist if the primary mission assignment for this clinician includes an expectation for behavioral health services, or if the social worker holds a license for the practice of clinical social work
FEMA, NIMS 508: Behavioral Health Community Services Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Behavioral Health Specialist
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), National Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, Physical Fitness Levels, October 2016