NIMS (National Incident Management System)


What is NIMS Preparedness?

Given the threats we face, a lack of preparedness could have catastrophic consequences. Effective and coordinated emergency management and incident response require that we create a culture of preparedness.

National preparedness can only succeed through coordination at all levels of government and by forming strong partnerships with the private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

Preparation is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action.

NIMS provides the mechanisms and tools to help enhance preparedness. Within NIMS, preparedness focuses on:

  • Planning,
  • Procedures and protocols,
  • Training and exercises,
  • Personnel qualification and certification, and
  • Equipment certification.

The concepts and principles that form the basis for preparedness are the integration of the concepts and principles of all the components of NIMS.

This lesson introduces you to the NIMS Preparedness component.

Preparedness: A Unified Approach

Preparedness requires a unified approach to emergency management and incident response activities. To achieve a unified approach, components of NIMS should be integrated within the emergency management and incident response structure.

Preparedness should be integrated into resource management, command and management, and communications and information management to form an effective system.

Coordination of Preparedness Activities

Preparedness activities should be coordinated among all appropriate agencies and organizations within the jurisdiction, as well as across jurisdictions. Preparedness activities may involve the following groups:

  • Individuals
  • Preparedness Organizations
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Private Sector
What Is NIMS?

What NIMS is:      

What NIMS is NOT:

  •  A comprehensive, nationwide, systematic approach to incident management, including the Incident Command System, Multiagency Coordination Systems, and Public Information
  • A set of preparedness concepts and principles for all hazards
  • Essential principles for a common operating picture and interoperability of communications and information management
  • Standardized resource management procedures that enable coordination among different jurisdictions or organizations
  • Scalable so it may be used for all incidents (from day-to-day to large-scale)
  • A dynamic system that promotes ongoing management and maintenance
  •  A response plan
  • Only used during large-scale incidents
  • A communications plan
  • Only applicable to certain emergency management/incident response personnel
  • Only the Incident Command System or an organization chart
  • A static system

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