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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

NIMS guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. It provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System.

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This series provides you with basic information about NIMS components, guides and tools. Not all organizations need to implement every NIMS component. This information can help you select which part of NIMS you need to type and manage your function, whether it's incident response or support.

NIMS can help ...Component
ensure tactical, incident support and communication efforts are coordinated and effective.Command and Coordination
identify personnel deployed to an incident and authenticate and verify their qualifications.Credentialing
integrate your planning and incident support mechanisms to include the whole community.Implementation
manage your resources before and during an incident.Managing Resources
create effective mutual aid agreements that enhance and sustain operations.Mutual Aid
plan a whole community approach to preparedness.National Preparedness System
qualify, certify and credential emergency personnel.National Qualification System
manage your staff and their positions, position task books, training, qualifications and licenses.One Responder
leverage and manage your resources and those of other organizations.Resource Management