National Incident Management System Third Edition October

National Incident Management System Third Edition October 2017

National Incident Management System


Homeland Security

October I 0, 20 17

Dear National Incident Management System Community:

Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528

Originally issued in 2004, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent nationwide template to enable partners across the Nation to work together to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.

Since the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last revised the NIMS guidance in 2008, the risk environment has evolved, and our national incident management capabilities have matured. This revision incorporates lessons learned and best practices from a wide variety of disciplines, at all levels of government, from the private sector, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations.

The FEMA Administrator, in his role as the head of the National Integration Center, is charged with managing and maintaining NIMS, and in accordance with the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, will issue the revised NIMS guidance and support its implementation.

I believe this revised version of NIMS advances our national preparedness and takes us collectively into the future of incident management.


Acting Secretary

Elaine C. Duke

National Incident Management System


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