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NIMS Implementation and Training

Local, state, tribal and territorial jurisdictions are required to adopt NIMS in order to receive federal Preparedness Grants. We've defined implementation objectives to guide jurisdictions in their implementation of NIMS.

Here you can also find information about NIMS Training and NIMS Guides.

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Send us an email for additional information on NIMS implementation and accessing the Unified Reporting Tool.

Implementation Objectives

NIMS implementation is assessed through the direct reporting of data to FEMA utilizing the Unified Reporting Tool.

Local, State, Tribal and Territorial

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NIMS Guides

This guideline supplements the Resource Management component of NIMS by providing additional details on resource management preparedness processes, best practices, authorities, and tools.

The Incident Complexity Guide promotes a common language and shared understanding of incident complexity across the whole community to determine the complexity or difficulty of managing a disaster, incident, event or exercise

This NIMS Guide provides a brief overview of five recommended standards that support NIMS implementation.

NIMS Fact Sheets

The NIMS Implementation Fact Sheets for Private Sector and Nonprofit Organizations identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for state, local, tribal and territorial private sector and nonprofit organizations.

NIMS Fact Sheet for Non-Profit Organizations

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Fact Sheet for Private Sector Organizations

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National Incident Management System Training Program

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program helps to mitigate risk by achieving greater preparedness. The training program facilitates training and qualification of emergency management personnel to NIMS concepts and principles.

The NIMS Training Program identifies a deliberate method to develop and maintain a complete NIMS core curriculum and, concurrently, to provide training guidance to stakeholders for developing their training plans.

NIMS Training Courses

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, offers a broad range of NIMS-related training.

NIMS-related courses offered online by EMI include:

  • IS-100.b - (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System
  • IS-200.b (ICS 200) ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-702.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems
  • IS-703.a NIMS Resource Management Course
  • IS-706 NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid - An Introduction
  • IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

Find Courses at the Emergency Management Institute

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Inquiries regarding certificates or EMI online courses should be emailed to EMI's Independent Study Office or call (301) 447-1200.