National Incident Management System |

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) guides all levels of government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents.

The NIMS provides stakeholders across the community with the shared vocabulary, systems and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System. NIMS defines the operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.


Implementation and training

Local, state, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions are required to adopt NIMS in order to receive federal readiness grants. Find guides and training to help you implement.


FEMA Regional NIMS Coordinators are subject matter experts for their national, local, territorial or tribal governments. Find your regional contact.

News and Updates

Audience feedback and engagement

The National Integration Center regularly publishes draft guidelines and tools for national engagement. Come back here or follow the links in NIMS alerts for updates.

This document provides state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency officials with basic knowledge of cyber incidents to increase cyber preparedness efforts in their jurisdictions. This 30-day national commitment period will end at 5 p.m. ET on November 23.

Recent posts

This NIMS resource type definition provides support for electronic direction finding operations for search and rescue operations. This revision reflects the latest operational considerations, team composition and capabilities.


This guide is a collection of guidance and best practices that will contribute to the development of an EOC that can successfully meet the needs of the jurisdiction. The updates include considerations for virtual and hybrid work environments.


This guide provides a management-level introduction to emergency management concepts and principles for senior local officials and identifies their roles and responsibilities in emergency management.


This NIMS asset typing definition provides support to the Competent Authority and Incident Commander with key functions related to EOC management, including subject matter expertise and technical support.


FEMA has released the fire management and suppression resource typing documents. These National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource type job titles/qualifications and resource type definitions provide fire management and suppression support for emergency response and recovery operations .


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