National Incident Management System

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The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a standardized approach to incident management developed by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The program was established in March 2004,[1] in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5,[1][2] issued by President George W. Bush. It 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.[1][3] 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.[3]

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. ^ a b c d "National Incident Management System" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. October 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Bush, George W. (28 February 2003). "Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5" (PDF). United States Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "NIMS Training Program" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. September 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2014.