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IS-800 B National Response Framework Exam Questions

Learn the National Response Framework guiding principles, basic premise and more information to help with emergency response.

At the bottom of this article we give actual questions from the Final Exam of the NIMS course IS-800 B National Response Framework, An Introduction. But what is the National Response Framework (NRF)? The National Response Framework is a “companion document” to the National Incident Management System or NIMS. In the following sections we present guiding principles and a basic premise of the National Response Framework.

As many of you know, NIMS was created by the Department of Homeland Security to improve coordination between incident responders. For a refresher on NIMS, you can take our NIMS IS-700.A quiz!

FEMA describes the distinction between NIMS and the the National Response Framework (NRF) like this:

“While NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents regardless of size, scope or cause, the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national level policy of incident response… A basic premise of the National Response Framework is that incidents are generally handled at the lowest jurisdictional level possible.”

While some may think “national level” means only government officials can get value out of NRF, FEMA designed the NRF for emergency management practitioners and leaders in the private-sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) as well as government executives.

Below we give a quick overview of the course before the quiz at the bottom. If you’re a NIMS veteran and just want to test your knowledge, feel free to skip to the quiz! If you get stumped, you can try finding information that reveals some of the final exam answers below.

What is The National Response Framework?

The National Response Framework describes key principles, roles and structures in an all-hazards emergency response, including how communities, government entities, the private and public sectors coordinate their response.

The National Response Framework focuses on response and short-term recovery instead of all of the phases of incident management.

A video from IS-800 B National Response Framework, An Introduction explains to students:

“Building on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Framework’s coordinating structures align key roles and responsibilities fostering response partnerships at all levels of government, and with nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. Given its flexibility and scalability, the National Response Framework is always in effect and elements can be implemented at any level and at any time.”

National Response Framework Guiding Principles

The Framework presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies – from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. The five key principles of the Framework are listed below.

  1. Engaged partnership: Leaders at all levels align response goals and capabilities.
  2. Tiered Response: Incidents should be managed at the lowest possible jurisdictional level and supported when needed. A basic premise of the National Response Framework is that incidents are generally handled at the lowest jurisdictional level possible. Incidents begin and end locally. And most incidents are managed entirely at the local level. 
  3. Scalable, flexible and adaptable operational capabilities.
  4. Unity of effort through unified command. Unity of effort respects the chain of command of each participating organization while harnessing seamless coordination across jurisdictions in support of common objectives.
  5. Readiness to act. It is our collective duty to respond as effectively as possible.

Who Should Take National Response Framework, An Introduction?

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As mentioned above, the NRF course is designed for private-sector and nongovernmental organization leaders, emergency management practitioners and government executives. There are no prerequisites necessary.

In general, everyone involved in emergency management should take the NIMS baseline courses (IS-700 and ICS-100). The National Integration Center (NIC) recommends that individuals with a command and general staff role take advanced courses.

After completing the course National Response Framework, An Introduction you should understand and be able to describe the following:

  • The purpose of the National Response Framework and its response doctrine
  • The roles and responsibilities of response partners
  • The actions supporting national response
  • The response organizations used for multiagency coordination
  • The relationships between emergency planning and national preparedness

The National Response Framework Exam

Below is a short quiz that uses real questions from the National Response Framework, An Introduction Final Exam. If you get a good score on this, you might as well take the Final Exam (you need at least a 75 percent from FEMA to pass). Enjoy!

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