National Incident Management System Training Plan [Draft]   [open pdf - 632KB]

"Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, Management of Domestic Incidents, directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a National Incident Management System (NIMS). Initially published in March 2004, and revised in December 2008, the NIMS provides a consistent national approach for Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments; the private sector; and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to work together to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. Based upon emergency management and incident response practices, NIMS represents a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management. The NIMS documents integrate best practices into a comprehensive framework for use by emergency management and response personnel in an all-hazards context nationwide. HSPD-5 requires all Federal departments and agencies to adopt NIMS and to use it in their individual incident management programs and activities, as well as in support of all actions taken to assist State, local, and Tribal governments. State, local, and Tribal governments are not required to participate in NIMS or adopt these best practices. As applied to non-Federal entities, NIMS documents contain guidance that is not legally binding. However, in order to participate in NIMS and to be considered NIMS-compliant, it is necessary for entities to adhere to the standards, practices and/or minimum criteria presented in the NIMS guidance documents. It is also important to note that although a State, local, or Tribal government or NGO is not required."

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