National Incident Management System Implementation & Compliance Guidance for Stakeholders

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On February 28, 2003, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD–5), “Management of Domestic Incidents,” which directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). This system provides a consistent nationwide template to enable federal, state, tribal and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity. This consistency provides the foundation for utilization of NIMS for all incidents, ranging from daily occurrences to incidents requiring a coordinated federal response.

HSPD–5 requires all federal departments and agencies to adopt NIMS and to use it in their individual incident management programs and activities, as well as in support of all actions taken to assist state, tribal and local governments. The directive requires federal departments and agencies to make adoption of NIMS by state, tribal and local organizations a condition for federal preparedness assistance (through grants, contracts and other activities). NIMS recognizes the role that NGOs and the private sector have in preparedness and activities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of incidents.


Federal Departments and Agencies

FY 2010

  • NIMS implementation Objectives and Metrics for Federal Departments and Agencies [5/10] (PDF 320KB)
  • Secretary Memorandum regarding NIMS Implementation for Federal Departments and Agencies [5/10] (PDF 59KB)

FY 2007

  • Federal NIMS Implementation Survey [10/07] (PDF 100KB, TXT 7KB)
  • NIMS Alert: NIMS Compliance Metrics Fact Sheet [10/06] (PDF 41KB, TXT 6KB)

FY 2005

  • NIMS Implementation Letter to Federal Departments and Agencies [9/04] (PDF 90KB, TXT 6KB)
  • Summary of NIMS Implementation Schedule [10/05] (PDF 16KB, TXT 2KB)


States and Territories

FY 2009

  • All Governors NIMS Implementation Letter [4/09] (PDF 152KB, TXT 3KB)
  • NIMS Implementation Objective Chart [3/09] (PDF 254KB, TXT 7KB)

FY 2008

  • NIMS Compliance Memorandum [2/08] (PDF 811KB, TXT 1KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Objectives and Metrics for States and Territories [2/08] (PDF 461KB, TXT 61KB)

FY 2007

  • NIMS Implementation Matrix for States and Territories [10/06] (PDF 163KB, TXT 34KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics State/Territory [12/06] (PDF 170KB, TXT 42KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics Fact Sheet [10/06] (PDF 41KB, TXT 6KB)


Tribal Nations

FY 2009

  • NIMS Implementation Objective Chart [3/09] (PDF 254KB, TXT 7KB)

FY 2008

  • NIMS Compliance Memorandum [2/08] (PDF 811KB, TXT 1KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Objectives and Metrics for Tribal Nations [2/08] (PDF 471KB, TXT 60KB)

FY 2007

  • NIMS Implementation Matrix for Tribal and Local Jurisdictions [10/06] (PDF 141KB, TXT 29KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics Tribal/Local [12/06] (PDF 127KB, TXT 28KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics Fact Sheet [10/06] (PDF 41KB, TXT 6KB)


Local Governments and Jurisdictions

FY 2009

  • NIMS Implementation Objective Chart [3/09] (PDF 254KB, TXT 7KB)

FY 2008

  • NIMS Compliance Memorandum [2/08] (PDF 811KB, TXT 1KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Objectives and Metrics for Local Governments [2/08] (PDF 426KB, TXT 57KB)

FY 2007

  • NIMS Implementation Matrix for Tribal and Local Jurisdictions [10/06] (PDF 141KB, TXT 29KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics Tribal/Local [12/06] (PDF 127KB, TXT 28KB)
  • NIMS Compliance Metrics Fact Sheet [10/06] (PDF 41KB, TXT 6KB)

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Guide for County Officials (National Association of Counties)


Nongovernmental and Private Sector

Private Sector:

  • Fact Sheet 03-07-Compliance Requirements for Local Emergency Planning Committees [3/07] (PDF 48KB, TXT 10KB)
  • Private Sector NIMS Implementation Activities [11/06] (PDF 45KB, TXT 9KB)

Hospitals and Healthcare Systems:

  • 2007/2008/2009 Healthcare Implementation Activities Crosswalk [11/08] (PDF 124KB, TXT 7KB)
  • FY2008 and FY2009 NIMS Implementation Objectives for Healthcare Organizations [6/08] (PDF 50KB, TXT 7KB)
  • NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems [9/06] (PDF 185KB, TXT 49KB)
  • Summary of NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems [9/06] (PDF 33KB, TXT 11KB)
  • NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Fact Sheet [9/06] (PDF 129KB, TXT 46KB)
  • NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Implementation FAQs [4/07] (PDF 63KB, TXT 20KB)

Nongovernmental Organizations:

  • NIMS Implementation for Nongovernmental Organizations Fact Sheet [12/06] (PDF 50KB, TXT 14KB)
Last Updated: 
06/12/2012 - 15:09