National Incident Management System (NIMS)

NIMS provides a structured framework for incident management to all first responders in the United States. NIMS stems from Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 (HSPD-5) policy which mandates the US government to treat crisis management and consequence management as a single, integrated function—rather than as two separate functions. The most famous quote associated with the approval and subsequent development of NIMS is from then US Dept of Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge who stated, “One mission, one team, one fight” is the guiding purpose behind the framework.

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