NIMS Update Input Request

FEMA is seeking input into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) refresh. As you know, NIMS provides a consistent nationwide approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly and manage all threats and hazards.  NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity.

ASDWA is encouraging state security coordinators, and other interested parties, to:  1. Attend one of the explanatory webinars (see dates/times below); 2. Download and review the draft “refresh” document; and 3. Weigh in on the NIMS proposal to share your thoughts as to how the process could/should be improved.  This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on May 9, 2016.

Here’s the full message from FEMA…

FEMA is in the process of reviewing and refreshing NIMS and is seeking stakeholder input on the draft. The draft of the refreshed NIMS retains key concepts and principles from the 2004 and 2008 versions, while incorporating lessons learned from exercises and real world incidents, best practices, and changes in national policy, including updates to the National Preparedness System.

Download the draft version of the refreshed NIMS and feedback matrix here

The draft NIMS:

  • Reiterates the concepts and principles of the original 2004 version and the updated 2008 version;
  • Reflects and incorporates lessons learned from exercises and real world incidents and policy updates, such as the National Preparedness System and NIMS-related guidance, including the 2013 NIMS Intelligence/Investigation Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide;
    • Reflects progress in resource typing and mutual aid and builds a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
  • Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS) and that it applies to all stakeholders with roles in incident management across all five mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery);
  • Provides guidance on a common structure and activation levels for operations and coordination centers, including Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), through new Center Management System (CMS) guidance;
  • Note that while we will continue to track NIMS implementation, the adoption of CMS is not mandatory as part of preparedness grants;
  • Explains the relationship among ICS, CMS, and Multiagency Coordination Groups (MAC Groups); and
  • Enhances guidance on information management processes to improve data collection plans, social media integration and the use of geographic information systems (GIS).

National Engagement Period Webinars

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to highlight key proposed changes to NIMS, provide information on submitting feedback and answer participant questions. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations and all governments.

Because each engagement webinar will cover the same information, please choose the session most convenient for you. Advance registration is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session from the list below.

Webinar 1: Monday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar 2: Tuesday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 3: Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar 4: Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 5: Thursday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 6: Monday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 7: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 8: Wednesday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar 9: Thursday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. EDT


Webinar 10: Monday, May 2, 12:00 p.m. EDT 

Comments made during the webinars are for discussion purposes only. FEMA will only formally adjudicate comments submitted using the feedback form. To provide input, download the draft NIMS and feedback matrix from the link above and submit the completed feedback form



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