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NIMS Doctrine Supporting Guides & Tools

The purpose of this page is to provide information on the tools and guidance that have been produced by the National Integration Center. 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 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.


The National Integration Center develops supporting guides and tools to assist jurisdictions in their implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The guides and tools align with the NIMS doctrine to provide a common and standard understanding about the tools and resources needed to sustain, build, and deliver the core capabilities necessary to achieve a secure and resilient nation.

Background and Overview

NIMS guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), 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, including the Incident Command System (ICS), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) structures, and Multiagency Coordination Groups (MAC Groups) that guide how personnel work together during incidents. NIMS applies to all incidents, from traffic accidents to major disasters.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Doctrine

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to  manage all threats and hazards. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. The NIMS document can be downloaded from the FEMA Library at the link in the chart below.

The following tools and aids assist users in understanding and implementing the processes and principles of the NIMS. These tools and aids address specific content and processes to ensure that whole community partners are enabled to build and sustain their emergency management capabilities. 

Supporting Guides & Tools

National Incident Management System October 2017
Senior Leaders ToolkitMay 2019
NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System November 2017
NIMS Guideline for Mutual AidNovember 2017

NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide

October 2013
NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of PersonnelAugust 2011
NG 0004: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Communications and Information Management StandardsJanuary 2008
NG 0005: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Preparedness and Incident Management StandardsJanuary 2008
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIO)November 2007

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02/18/2020 - 14:10