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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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 personnel from:

  • 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 incidents.

OEM Contact:
Alaina Mayfield

Oregon NIMS Requirements

All 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
Compliance Checklist
NIMS Hospital Guidance
Helpful Links and Point of Contacts

Resource Management
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
Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT) - An online catalogue of national NIMS resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications.

Resource Inventorying
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.
IRIS Instructional Video - This short video provides information on using the IRIS system to inventory resources. 
Resource Inventorying Template - This excel-based tool provides a resource inventorying template.

NIMS Bulletins
Bulletin #1
Bulletin #2

NIMS Training
OEM has created a document to be used as guidance to help determine who in your agency should enroll in what NIMS training classes.

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