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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The National Integration Center routinely posts draft guidance and tools for national engagement.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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Open for comment until Thursday, June 10, at 5 p.m. ET

Recent Releases

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This release updates the Job Titles and Position Qualifications for four shareable EMS resources.

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This release updates two resource typing definitions for Swiftwater and Stillwater SAR teams and seven Job Title and Position Qualifications.

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The document identifies the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for private sector organizations at all jurisdictional levels.


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This second edition of the NIMS Implementation Objectives for Federal departments and agencies reflects feedback from the whole community and brings them in line with the third edition of NIMS published in 2017.


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The 48 core capability development sheets have been updated, including revisions to suggested training. These sheets support SLTTs in improving their capabilities and closing gaps identified in Stakeholder Preparedness Reviews or other assessments.  


Last updated May 25, 2021