National Incident Management System (N.I.M.S.)
What Is N.I.M.S.?
Implemented by Presidential Directive in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Incident Management System (N.I.M.S.) provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations 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 best practices, the National Incident Management System represents a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management.
Benefits of N.I.M.S. Include:
A unified approach to incident management;
standard command and management structures;
emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management
a common foundation for training and other preparedness efforts,
communicating and sharing information with other responders
and with the public, ordering resources to assist with a response effort,
and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management.
N.I.M.S. In Osceola County
Like all jurisdictions across the nation, Osceola County naturally benefits from N.I.M.S.'. Aspects including unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management. It also provides a common foundation for training and other preparedness efforts, communicating and sharing information with other responders and with the public, ordering resources to assist with a response effort, and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management. For the first time, all of the nation’s emergency responders will use a common language, and a common set of procedures when working individually and together to keep America safe.
Improved capabilities in Incident Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics, Finance, Public Information, Safety, Liaison, and Communications
Establishment of pre-set Incident Action Plans (I.A.P.s) for critical hazards including Winter Weather, Hazardous Materials, Severe Thunderstorms, Pipeline Emergencies, Wildfire, Flooding, Active Shooter, etc.
Ensuring community activities such as parades and festivals are safer by ensuring an established Incident Action Plan (I.A.P.) to coordinate resources and public safety.
An established Incident Management Team (I.M.T.) composed of specially trained and equipped first responders that are deployed to apply incident management concepts in complex incidents
Interoperable Communications systems that allow for communications amongst all first responders, mutual aid partners, and even private entities
Each year in September, OCEMD performs a N.I.M.S. compliancy report from all first response agencies having responsibilities in the jurisdiction. These reports are compiled and comprise a county report to the State of Michigan, which in turn reports up to the Department of Homeland Security. Compliancy surveys focus on:
Formal Adoption of N.I.M.S. via Resolution (for governments) or via policy (for agencies).
Apointment of a N.I.M.S. Coordinator to ensure compliance and guide implementation
Implementation of N.I.M.S. Incident Command through actual use in planning, response, training, and exercise activities
All fully rostered (non-probationary) first responders certified and current (within 5 years) in FEMA IS700, IS100, and IS200 training level (or equivalent).
Promotion of advanced Incident Command training for incident management personnel, to include ICS300 & 400 courses and ICS position specific training
Maintaining of national communications channels in public safety radios as to ensure on-scene interoperability amongst all first responders
A public information officer trained and certified in coordinating crisis communications to the public during emergencies
Annual reporting of compliancy elements as a condition for federal, state, and local grant funding
2022 N.I.M.S. Compliance Form
N.I.M.S. TRAINING COURSES
Learn More About N.I.M.S.
"The Many Hats of Incident Management" by J.Thomas Martin of the Virginia State Police remains a classic explanation of the need for incident command.
This "Introduction to the Incident Command" from the Justice Institute of British Columbia provides an excellent overview of I.C.S. during emergencies.