Every day communities respond to emergencies of one type or another. Emergency
or disaster response always starts at the local level. However, there are
some incidents that may require a collaborative approach that includes
- multiple jurisdictions
- a combination of specialties or disciplines
- other levels of government
- non-government organizations
- the private sector
The National Incident Management
System (NIMS) integrates best practices of disaster response into a
comprehensive, standardized framework that is flexible enough to be applicable
across the full spectrum of potential incidents, regardless of cause, size,
location or complexity. Using NIMS allows us to work together to prepare for,
prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.
Building on the Incident Command System
(ICS), NIMS provides first responders and authorities a standard foundation for
incident management to respond to terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and all
other emergencies. NIMS requires that ICS be used to manage all domestic
Karen Layng, State Training Officer
Oregon jurisdictions receiving preparedness funds or receiving direct benefit
from these funds must be NIMS compliant. This is a Federal requirement that the
State cannot waive or defer. The documents below may be helpful in
providing info to become NIMS compliant.
Frequently Asked Questions
NIMS Hospital Guidance
Helpful Links and Point of Contact
Resources (such as personnel,
equipment, or supplies) are needed to support critical incident objectives. The
flow of resources must adaptable to the requirements of the incident. NIMS
defines standardized mechanisms and establishes the resource management process
to identify requirements, order and acquire, mobilize, track and report,
recover and demobilize, reimburse, and inventory resources.
Resource Management Courses
IS-703 NIMS Resource Management - This course introduces resource management as described
in the National Incident Management System, and shows how systems for managing
resources can be used to improve incident response.
Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT) - An online catalogue of national NIMS resource typing
definitions and job titles/position qualifications.
Incident Resource Inventorying System (IRIS) - This free software tool may assist communities in
inventorying, typing and visualizing resources in accordance with NIMS, in an
effort to facilitate rapid resource support for emergency operations.
has created a document to be used as guidance to help determine who in your
agency should enroll in what NIMS training classes.
Who Takes What