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National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents.

NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System. NIMS defines operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.

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Implementation & Training

Local, state, territorial, and tribal nation jurisdictions are required to adopt NIMS in order to receive federal Preparedness grants. Find guides and training to help implement.


The FEMA Regional NIMS Coordinators are subject matter experts for their state, local, territorial, or tribal nation governments. Find your regional contact.

Components & Tools

Access tools to support the NIMS components, including:

  • National Qualification System
  • Resource Typing
  • Mutual Aid
  • Command and Control Systems

News and Updates

Public Feedback and Engagement

The National Integration Center routinely posts draft guidance and tools for national engagement. Check back here or follow the links in NIMS Alerts for updates.

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FEMA seeks public feedback on the National Incident Management System Information and Communications Technology Functional Guidance. This 30-day national engagement period will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 20.

Recent Releases

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FEMA published the Fire Management and Suppression resource typing documents. These National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions provide fire management and suppression support to emergency response and recovery operations.


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The NQS Implementation Objectives FAQ reflects the concepts and principles contained in the NQS doctrine and aim to promote consistency in NQS implementation nationwide. The FAQ is intended for use during planning, preparedness, and training efforts to help organizations and jurisdictions implement NQS.


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The NQS Implementation Objectives provide specific benchmarks and example activities for organizations and jurisdictions to use when implementing NQS and when discussing NQS implementation with their partners and sub-jurisdictions.


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This all-hazards how-to guide provides state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) jurisdictions with information and guidance related to setting up, operating, maintaining and deactivating an EOC that successfully meets the jurisdiction’s needs.


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This guide provides recommendations and resources for a jurisdiction to establish and maintain a P3 to help coordinate mitigation, response and recovery planning and preparedness.