National Incident Management System

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The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a standardized approach to incident management developed by the Department of Homeland Security. The program was established in March of 2004, and is intended to facilitate coordination between all responders (including all levels of government with public, private, and nongovernmental organizations).[1] The system has been revised once, in December 2008. The core training currently includes two courses: (1) IS-700 NIMS, which provides a basic introduction to NIMS, and (2) ICS-100, which includes history, details, and features, along with an introduction to the Incident Command System. Approximately 24 additional courses are available on selected topics. [2]

NIMS standard incident command structures[clarification needed] are based on three key organizational systems:

Federal Emergency Management Agency National Integration Center[edit]

FEMA's National Integration Center (NIC) has primary responsibility for the maintenance and management of national preparedness doctrine,[clarification needed] including:

  • Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006
  • National Incident Management System (December 2008)
  • Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (March 2011)

The NIC relies on its Strategic Resource Group - practitioners and subject matter expertise from state, tribal and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector – to assist with resource typing definitions.[clarification needed]


  1. ^ "National Incident Management System" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. December 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "NIMS Training Program" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. September 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2014.