National Incident Management System (NIMS) Preparedness and Incident Management Standards [open pdf - 551KB]
"This NIMS Guide is to provide a brief overview of two recommended standards that support NIMS implementation. The Incident Management Systems Division (IMSD) is charged with identifying and evaluating standards applicable to NIMS. According to NIMS (Draft, August 2007), '[s]tandards appropriate for NIMS users will be designated by the National Integration Center (NIC) in partnership with recognized standards development organizations.' Through evaluation and practitioner review conducted in 2006, IMSD has identified and recommends that emergency management/response organizations voluntarily adopt the following two standards: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1561: Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System. The following pages provide a description of their relationship to NIMS and contact information for the standards development organizations."