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The National Integration Center routinely posts draft guidance and tools for national engagement.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.

To provide comments on the draft documents, complete the feedback form and submit the form no later than 5 p.m. ET on November 23, 2023.

Recent Releases

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This memorandum serves as public notice that the NIMS Guide 0005: Preparedness and Incident Management Standards, dated January 10, 2008, that provided an overview of the standards that support NIMS implementation will not be updated and archived. The National Integration Center (NIC) will not issue a replacement document.

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This guide is a collection of guidance and best practices, which will contribute to developing an EOC that can successfully meet the jurisdiction’s needs. The updates include considerations for virtual and hybrid working environments.


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This guide provides an executive-level introduction to emergency management concepts and principles for local senior officials and identifies their roles and responsibilities for emergency management


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