The purpose of this page is to provide information on the tools and guidance that have been produced by the National Integration Center. The National Incident Management System is intended to be used by the whole community. The intended audience for this page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal governments.
The National Integration Center develops supporting guides and tools to assist jurisdictions in their implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The guides and tools align with the NIMS doctrine to provide a common and standard understanding about the tools and resources needed to sustain, build, and deliver the core capabilities necessary to achieve a secure and resilient nation.
Background and Overview
NIMS is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector in working together seamlessly and managing incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, loss of property, and harm to the environment. NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks.
NIMS Fact Sheet The fact sheet provides a high-level overview of the NIMS as a whole.
NIMS FAQs Find the answers to frequently asked questions here.
The following tools and aids assist users in understanding and implementing the processes and principles of the NIMS. These tools and aids address specific content and processes to ensure that whole community partners are enabled to build and sustain their emergency management capabilities.
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