While most emergency situations are handled locally, when there's a major incident help may be needed from neighboring municipalities, the county, New York State or even the federal government. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was developed so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. The benefits of using NIMS include a unified approach to incident management, standard command and management structures, and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management. 

What is NIMS?
NIMS provides a set of standardized organizational structures such as the ICS, multiagency coordination systems, and public information systems, as well as requirements for processes, procedures, and systems designed to improve interoperability among jurisdictions and disciplines in various areas, including:

  • Training
  • Resource management
  • Personnel qualification and certification
  • Equipment certification
  • Communications and information management
  • Technology support
  • Continuous system improvement