NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT FOR THE DRAFT NIMS IMPLEMENTATION OBJECTIVES FOR FEDERAL DEPARTEMENTS AND AGENCIES
FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback for an update of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2020. National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft implementation objectives, to ensure they are relevant for all implementing partners.
Federal departments and agencies play an important role in ensuring effective NIMS implementation; not only do they implement NIMS within their departments and agencies, they also ensure that the systems and processes are in place to communicate and support NIMS implementation at all jurisdictional levels.
FEMA previously revised the Federal NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009. In this current update, we seek to ensure the objectives are consistent with the Third Edition of the NIMS, published in October 2017. The Third Edition of NIMS retains the concepts and principles from the 2008 and 2004 versions of NIMS, while reflecting changes to laws, policies, and best practices. Additionally, the Third Edition of NIMS provides additional information on the roles of off-scene incident personnel such as senior leaders and emergency operations center personnel.
FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements or criteria, nor are the indicators intended as a checklist for achieving the objectives. The indicators are a tool to assist Federal departments and agencies in meeting the new implementation objectives.
FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed NIMS Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community.
For more information on the webinars and to review the draft objectives, visit: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement.