NIMS Doctrine Supporting Guides & Tools

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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.


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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.


Doctrine Resources

NIMS Document (Click Cover to Download)

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.

NIMS Brochure

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Brief Overview of the NIMS Supporting Tools and Aids

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. 

Supporting Guides & Tools

Title Date Link
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs) November 2007 PDF
NG 0001: National NIMS Resource Typing Criteria March 2007 PDF
NG 0002: National Credentialing Definition and Criteria March 2007 PDF
NG 0004: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Communications and Information Management Standards January 2008 PDF
NG 0005: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Preparedness and Incident Management Standards January 2008 PDF
NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel August 2011 PDF
NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide October 2013 PDF

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Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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