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national incident management system (nims)
While most emergency situations are handled locally, when there's a major incident help may be needed from other jurisdictions, the state and the federal government. NIMS was developed so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management.

the national integration center (nic):
Incident Management Systems Integration Division

The National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Integration Division was established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide "strategic direction for and oversight of the National Incident Management System (NIMS); supporting both routine maintenance and the continuous refinement of the system and its components over the long term." The Center oversees all aspects of NIMS including the development of compliance criteria and implementation activities at federal, state and local levels. It provides guidance and support to jurisdictions and incident management and responder organizations as they adopt the system.

The Center is a multidisciplinary entity made up of federal stakeholders and over time, it will include representatives of state, local and tribal incident management and responder organizations. It is situated within the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

nims compliance and technical assistance
In 2004, the Department of Homeland Security released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) -Management of Domestic Incidents and HSPD-8 Preparedness. HSPD-5 established and designated the National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Division as the lead federal entity to coordinate NIMS compliance.  Its primary function is to ensure that NIMS remains an accurate and effective management tool through refining and adapting compliance requirements to address ongoing preparedness needs.

To accomplish this, the Compliance and Technical Assistance Branch relies on input from Federal, State, local, tribal, multi-discipline and private sector stakeholders to assure continuity and accuracy of ongoing implementation efforts. In this collaborative role, the NIC has worked with these partners to refine and implement improvements to NIMS, including the development of performance measurement systems for State, territorial, tribal, and local governments, based on lessons learned and best practices from across the nation.

National Response Framework
The National Response Framework presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies – from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. The Framework establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response.

More information is available through the National Response Framework Resource Center.

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