National Incident Management System (NIMS)

On February 23, 2003, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD #5. In HSPD #5, the President directed the development and administration of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in order to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents by establishing a single, comprehensive national incident management system.

The NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and private-sector and nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism.

All Federal, State, local and tribal emergency agencies and personnel are directed to coordinate their efforts to effectively and efficiently provide the highest levels of incident management. To achieve this, agencies must utilize standard terminology, standardized organizational structures, interoperable communications, consolidated action plans, unified command structures, uniform personnel qualification standards, uniform standards for planning, training, and exercising, comprehensive resource management, and designated incident facilities during emergencies or disasters. NIMS standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources will improve Monroe County’s ability to utilize state and federal funding to enhance local agency readiness, maintain first responder safety, and streamline incident management processes.

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (9-11 Commission) recommended adoption of a standardized Incident Command System. The Incident Command System components of NIMS are already an integral part of various incident management activities throughout Monroe County, including current emergency management training programs.

Adoption of NIMS by state and local organizations is required in order to obtain federal preparedness assistance. Grant funding for FFY06 will be contingent upon adoption and implementation of NIMS. On May 10, 2005, the Monroe County Legislature adopted the National Incident Management System as the basis for all incident management in the County of Monroe.

The Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness has devoted staff to overseeing Monroe County’s implementation of NIMS. In addition to providing guidance to all County departments in relation to NIMS compliance issues such as training, resource typing, plan development and augmentation and meeting all of the Federal NIMS compliance requirements, Office of Emergency Preparedness staff will also be available to local municipalities and private institutions to assist them and answer questions relating to NIMS compliance.

In addition to the Monroe County Legislature adopting Resolution #155 of 2005, the Office of Emergency Preparedness has developed a local NIMS Implementation Strategy that will address all of the components of NIMS. Also, a NIMS Implementation Steering Group has been formed and has been meeting on a regular basis addressing NIMS compliance issues, developing strategies to meet Federal mandates and ensuring NIMS compliance is met at all levels of County government. This steering group consists of representatives from all first responder disciplines (including EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement), Emergency Communications and the 911 Center, the County Health Department and private institutions.

  • Command and management
  • Preparedness
  • Resource Management
  • Communications and information management
  • Supporting technologies
  • Ongoing management and maintenance

Fiscal Year 2005 NIMS Compliance Requirement for Local Government:

  • Completion of the NIMS Awareness Course
  • Formally recognizing the NIMS and adopting NIMS principals and policies
  • Establishing a NIMS baseline by determining which NIMS requirements are already met locally
  • Establishing a timeframe and developing a strategy for full NIMS implementation
  • Institutionalizing the use of the Incident Command System (ICS)

Fiscal Year 2006 NIMS Compliance Requirements for Local Government:

  • Adopt NIMS at the community level for all government departments and agencies; as well as promote and encourage NIMS adoption by associations, utilities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector incident management and response organizations.
  • Manage all emergency incidents and preplanned (recurring/special) events in accordance with ICS organizational structures, doctrine, and procedures, as defined in NIMS. ICS implementation must include the consistent application of Incident Action Planning and Common Communications Plans.
  • Coordinate and support emergency incident and event management through the development and use of integrated multi-agency coordination systems, i.e., develop and maintain connectivity capability between local Incident Command Posts (ICPs, local 911 Centers, local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and state EOC.
  • Implement processes, procedures, and/or plans to communicate timely, accurate information to the public during an incident through a Joint Information System and Joint Information Center.
  • Establish the community’s NIMS baseline against the FY 2005 and FY 2006 implementation requirements.
  • Develop and implement a system to coordinate all federal preparedness funding to implement the NIMS across the community.
  • Revise and update plans and SOPs to incorporate NIMS components, principles and policies, to include planning, training, response, exercises, equipment, evaluation, and corrective actions.
  • Participate in and promote intrastate and interagency mutual aid agreements, to include agreements with the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
  • Complete IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction
  • Complete IS-800 NRP: An Introduction
  • Complete ICS 100 and ICS 200 Training
  • Incorporate NIMS/ICS into all tribal, local and regional training and exercises.
  • Participate in an all-hazard exercise program based on NIMS that involves responders from multiple disciplines and multiple jurisdictions.
  • Incorporate corrective actions into preparedness and response plans and procedures.
  • Inventory community response assets to conform to homeland security resource typing standards.
  • To the extent permissible by law, ensure that relevant national standards and guidance to achieve equipment, communication, and data interoperability are incorporated into tribal and local acquisition programs.
  • Apply standardized and consistent terminology, including the establishment of plain English communications standards across public safety sector.

For additional information regarding NIMS, visit the NIMS Integration Center (NIC) web page. For questions regarding Monroe County’s implementation of NIMS or if your agency or institution would like a formal presentation on NIMS, contact Fred Rion, Emergency Management Program Specialist at the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness at 585 753-3753. Also, continue to check this website for local updates regarding NIMS.

To learn more about NIMS, visit the FEMA website to complete the ISO700 National Incident Management, NIMS, An Introduction online training course.

Read the full verbiage on the Homeland Security Presidential Directives.

NIMS Online Awareness Course

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Download Student Manual.

IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. Download Student Manual.

IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course. Download Self-Study Guide.

IS-800 National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction to the NRP, including the concept of operations upon which the plan is built, roles and responsibilities of the key players, and the organizational structures used to manage these resources. The NRP provides a framework to ensure that we can all work together when our Nation is threatened. Download Student Manual.

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