National Incident Management System

Planning & Preparedness

​Annual NIMS Implementation Assessment

The annual NIMS Implementation Assessment provides the state a self-assessment to evaluate and report on California’s Operational Areas (OAs) and required State Agencies’ implementation of NIMS.

Upon FEMA’s release in June/July, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) begins providing the NIMS assessment to OAs and required State Agencies for completion and return. Cal OES compiles and aggregates the fourteen-question responses from each OA and required State Agencies to produce the State’s NIMS assessment. For assessment purposes, it is the sole discretion of the OAs to collect information from its sub-jurisdictions to roll into their totals, which Cal OES will use. Cal OES uploads final assessment totals to the FEMA Unified Reporting Tool (URT) to meet compliancy.

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NIMS News:

  • On October 15, 2021, the 2021 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Assessment was sent out to all OAs (58), State agencies (22), and Cal OES internal partners (5). Responses are due back on November 15, 2021.

  • The 2020 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Assessment has been successfully submitted to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on 12/30/2020.

  • The 2019 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Assessment has been successfully submitted to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on 12/26/2019.

​What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. The State of California adopted NIMS on February 8, 2005, by Executive Order S-2-05.

​NIMS Integration Planning and Reporting

The NIMS reporting tool is a MS Excel based self-assessment instrument developed by FEMA and designed for the emergency management community at the State, territorial, tribal, local government level to evaluate and report their jurisdiction's achievement of all NIMS implementation activities released since 2004. The NIMS Data Collection Tool was developed to assist the nation's emergency management community to comply with the NIMS requirements, as determined by the National Integration Center (NIC). HSPD-5 requires Federal Departments and agencies to make adoption of the NIMS by State and local organizations a condition for Federal preparedness assistance.


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​NIMS Resources and Training

One of the key components of compliance with NIMS and qualifier for Federal Preparedness Grant Funding is on-going training and credentialing. Displayed below are a number of different links and documents that will assist in identifying required training, locations providing training, and training plans.

For NIMS Training, please contact the California State Training Institute (CSTI).

NIMS Resources

NIMS Training Plan  -(current model for California, for more information contact CSTI)

SEMS/NIMS Integration

California State Training Institute - CSTI

FEMA- Emergency Management Institute

National Preparedness Resource Library

NIMS Archive

NIMS Archive 2018

NIMS Implementation Objectives for Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Jurisdictions



NIMS Cal OES Compliant Training Reference Chart June 2012 NIMS Cal OES Compliant Training Reference Chart 6-12.pdfNIMS Cal OES Compliant Training Reference Chart June 2012NIMS Archive 20126/1/2020 9:34:23 PM
NIMS Document NIMS Document.pdfNIMS DocumentNIMS Archive 20126/17/2019 8:43:25 PM
Cal EMA Combined Training Matrix Updates 2011 Combined Training Matrix Updates 2011-2012 Rev 12-5.pdfCal EMA Combined Training Matrix UpdatesNIMS Archive 20116/17/2019 8:41:52 PM
Cal EMA NIMS Training Matrix 2011 Training Matrix Revised 4-10 Rev.pdfCal EMA NIMS Training MatrixNIMS Archive 20116/17/2019 8:41:44 PM
Cal EMA NIMS Compliance Letter 2011 NIMS COMPL LTR 2011 12.pdfCal EMA NIMS Compliance LetterNIMS Archive 20116/17/2019 8:41:35 PM
NIMS FEMA Five Year Training Plan 2011 fiveyear_nims_training_plan___2008_final.pdfNIMS FEMA Five Year Training PlanNIMS Archive 20116/17/2019 8:43:21 PM
NIMS Compliance 2010 NIMS Compliance 2010.pdfNIMS Compliance 2010NIMS Archive 20106/17/2019 8:42:23 PM
2009 Governors Letter 2009 NIMS gov letr.pdf2009 Governors LetterNIMS Archive 20096/17/2019 8:41:34 PM
2009 NIMS Compliance Objectives 2009 FY 2009 NIMS Compliance Objectives Chart.pdf2009 NIMS Compliance ObjectivesNIMS Archive 20096/17/2019 8:43:21 PM
2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - Tribes 2008 FY2008NIMSTribal.pdf2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - TribesNIMS Archive 200812/10/2019 11:37:07 PM
2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - States 2008 FY2008NIMSState.pdf2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - StatesNIMS Archive 200812/10/2019 11:37:06 PM
2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - Local 2008 FY2008NIMSlocal.pdf2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives - LocalNIMS Archive 200812/10/2019 11:37:04 PM
2008 NIMS Compliance Objectives 2008 NIMS2008ComplianceObjectives.pdf2008 NIMS Compliance ObjectivesNIMS Archive 20086/17/2019 8:43:20 PM
2007 NIMS Compliance Objectives - States imp_mtrx_states.pdf2007 NIMS Compliance Objectives - StatesNIMS Archive 20076/17/2019 8:42:23 PM
2006 NIMS Compliance Objectives - States nims_state_compliance_activities.pdf2006 NIMS Compliance Objectives - StatesNIMS Archive 20066/17/2019 8:42:22 PM
2005 NIMS Compliance Objectives - States 05_comp_ltr.pdf2005 NIMS Compliance Objectives - StatesNIMS Archive 200512/10/2019 11:36:59 PM


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