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The National Incident Management System is intended to be used by the whole community. The intended audience for this page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and Federal agencies. The purpose of this page is to allow access to documents and other guidance that are undergoing national engagement.

NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

December 20, 2018: NIMS National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guidance for National Engagement

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 24, 2019. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.

Today’s release includes:

  • NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators that provides processes, procedures, and tools to assist authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) develop and maintain coaching and evaluating programs as part of the larger qualification process; and
  • NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRBs that provide basic processes and procedures to assist AHJs develop and maintain a QRB as part of the larger certification process.

After releasing the NIMS Guideline for the NQS (NQS Guide) in November 2017, FEMA received feedback from stakeholders requesting more substantive guidance on the process and procedures for qualification, certification, and credentialing. Subsequently, the NIC began development of supplemental guidance to the NQS Guide earlier this year. The NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRBs provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes.

To download the draft documents and comment form go here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/175755.

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5 p.m. EST on January 24, 2019. 

Webinar Information

To support partner and stakeholder adoption, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supplemental guidance and answer questions. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments. The schedule is below. All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Webinar 1: Thursday December 27, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Webinar 2: Monday January 7, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Webinar 3: Tuesday January 15, 2019, 10:00am-11:00am
Webinar 4: Thursday January 17, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Webinar 5: Tuesday January 22, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Each stakeholder webinar will cover the same information; choose the session most convenient for you. 

If you require accommodations to participate in these events, please provide details in the Disability Related Accommodations field on the registration page or contact us at: FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.









Last Updated: 
12/20/2018 - 09:25