National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) offers a structured, proactive approach for different government departments, agencies, non-governmental organizations, and businesses to collaborate effectively.

It aims to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impact of incidents, no matter their cause, size, location, or complexity. The goal is to minimize loss of life, property damage, and harm to the environment.

NIMS works alongside the National Response Framework (NRF). While NIMS provides the blueprint for incident management, the NRF establishes the framework and processes for national-level incident management policies.

CHA’s NIMS Compliance Objectives tool was developed to assist hospitals with National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation. The compliance objectives are mandated, however the examples to achieve compliance are only suggestions. Hospitals may have other means for demonstrating compliance:

NIMS Compliance Objectives