FEMA Releases Third Edition of National Incident Management System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published the newest edition of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a common framework for collaboration between emergency management officials across the country in the event of a security crisis. NIMS is a comprehensive guide of cooperative efforts that are necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. The shared template considers personnel from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds so that it is applicable to all incidents – regardless of reason, setting, or magnitude.

First published in 2004, NIMS enables coordination from incident personnel across all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), tribes, and the private sector during an emergency situation. To protect national security in ever evolving risk environments, revisions were made in both December of 2008 and October of this year to account for advancements in incident management capabilities. This document is broken down into three contingent components that are the essential building blocks when implementing NIMS: resource management, command and coordination, and communications and information management. Brock Long of FEMA sums it up best, “As NIMS continues to mature, its purpose remains the same: to enhance unity of effort by providing a common approach for managing incidents”.

For more of the latest information about the National Incident Management System as well as supporting documents can be found here  or at the Homeland Security Digital Library (some resources may require login).