National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools 

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools  for a 30-day National Engagement Period. This period provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final documents reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement period will conclude on June 9, 2017, at 5 pm EDT. 

NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. The supplemental guidance and tools include:

  • NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) provides a common language and approach for qualifying and certifying deployable emergency personnel, enabling mutual aid partners to accurately communicate resource needs in disasters.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provide national standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel.

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. All open webinars are geared toward the whole community. To register for the NIMS webinars, please see the information below in the Training/Resources section.  

To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit the NIMS website. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to