New NIMS Resource Available Online

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a template for a basic NIMS Implementation Plan that agencies involved in implementing NIMS can use for planning purposes.

Although the template is designed for federal departments and agencies in particular, states and local and tribal agencies may find it useful in guiding their own NIMS implementation process.

The sample plan's concept of execution envisions four distinct phases of NIMS adoption. Phase I is initial staff training, including completion of FEMA's independent NIMS and ICS study courses. The second phase involves evaluating plans, policies and procedures to identify aspects that need to be made compliance with NIMS concepts.

Activities in Phase III involve the actual modification of emergency response plans, Emergency Operations Plans and other relevant plans, procedures and policies to reflect the adoption of NIMS concepts. Phase IV involves credentialing and certifying personnel and equipment based on NIMS Integration Center standards.

The sample plan provides a checklist to help track progress in enhancing Emergency Operations Plans to reflect full NIMS adoption. In addition, Annex A of the plan compares the purpose, components, applicability, the command and coordination structures and requirements of the NIMS with those of the National Response Plan.

To download the NIMS Implementation Plan template, visit the NIMS Web page at and click on NIMS Implementation Plan Template.

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