NIMSCAST is no longer available for locals to report their NIMS compliance. Instead, 2013 NIMS compliance will be reported using the “Reporting Compliance” tab located on the bottom left side of this site. This tab contains a spreadsheet provided by FEMA for locals to report their NIMS compliance. The Federal Fiscal Year deadline is December 31st, 2013.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.
NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.
NIMS incorporates incident management best practices developed and proven by thousands of responders and authorities across America. These practices, coupled with consistency and national standardization, are carried forward throughout all incident management processes: exercises, qualification and certification, communications interoperability, doctrinal changes, training, publications, public affairs, equipping, evaluating, and incident management. All of these measures unify the response community as never before.
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