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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The National Incident Management System (NIMS), established March 1, 2004, outlines standard incident management processes, protocols, and procedures so that all local, state, federal, and private sector emergency responders can coordinate their responses and share a common focus. Pennsylvania adopted NIMS on December 20, 2004.

All local governments and state agencies must comply with NIMS to be eligible for federal preparedness assistance.

NIMS Authorities and References

Below are compliance and training, federal, and state resources to help local governments and state agencies comply with and have a better understanding of NIMS.

Compliance and Training

A core principle of NIMS is training. Training is outlined in the NIMS Training Plan and must be reported for tracking compliance with NIMS annually.

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NIMS Timelines and Deadlines

Individual Forms, Approved Federal Courses:

CDP/Anniston, New Mexico Tech, CTOS, ACBIRC, TEEX, LSU, TTCI, and NDPTC. Application lead times and acceptance criteria are determined by each individual school.

Your request may be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than 42 days prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 90 days for approvals.

Individual Forms, Non-approved Federal Courses:

Courses with AWR, PER, MGT prefixes or any course not listed in the DHS State Sponsored or Federally Sponsored Catalogs. Application lead times and acceptance criteria are determined by each individual school.

Your request may be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than 42 days prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 120 days for approvals.

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Forms:

PEMA will verify the course and student eligibility.

Your request will be declined by the school due to full enrollment or insufficient processing time if your application is not submitted more than six weeks prior to the course start date. Neither PEMA nor the PEMA Area Office will decline to process an application. It may take up to 90 days for approvals. Due to declining funding levels, less offerings of courses will be available in 2015 and out-years. The earlier an application is submitted, the better chance of being admitted into the course.

NIMS Resource Typing 

Resource typing is another key principle of NIMS. NIMS requires that states and local jurisdictions type resources -- especially those purchased with Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) and other federal preparedness funding -- to either Tier 1 National or Tier 2 State/Local resource typing definitions.

The initial round of Tier 2 State/Local Resource Typing Definitions have been completed and are listed by discipline below. More will be released as they are completed.

Contact Us

Contact the PEMA NIMS Coordinator with questions or comments about NIMS, course instruction requests, etc.