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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 Coordination Structures

News and Updates

Public Feedback and Engagement

The National Integration Center (NIC) is releasing new updates to the NIMS Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Skillsets for national engagement.

National engagement provides an opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the draft documents, ensuring their relevance to all implementing partners.

The NIC will be extending the National Engagement review period for the EOC Skillsets by 30 calendar days to allow for additional stakeholder feedback. The new deadline is close of business on April 26th. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

Recent Releases

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The Guidance provides instruction on integrating communications, information technology and cybersecurity functions into the ICS structure while adhering to the concepts and principles of the NIMS doctrine.

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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.