FEMA’s National Integration Center released for public feedback a number of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that will enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2018. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.
NIMS provides a nationwide approach to resource management, enabling stakeholders to work together to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. FEMA developed and released in May 2017 the National Qualification System (NQS), which provides a foundational guideline on the qualification of personnel resources within the NIMS framework, plus supporting tools. FEMA has now crafted two new NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books, 17 EOC Skillsets, and an accompanying NIMS Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Skillsets User Guide.
The NQS supporting tools for the NIMS Resource Management Component are for use by all levels of government and organizations – including private-sector entities and non-governmental organizations – with incident management and support responsibilities.
FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supplemental guidance and answer questions. The first of these webinars is Thursday, April 12, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. For more information, go to the NIMS National Engagement webpage.