Planning, Training & Exercising
2012 Knox County / Daviess County joint tabletop Hazardous Materials exercise
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.
NIMS establishes the Incident Command System (ICS) as the organizational structure to be implemented to effectively and efficiently command and manage domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity. The ICS structure is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept which provides an integrated organizational structure that is able to adapt to the complexities and needs of single or multiple incidents regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
- Knox County has adopted NIMS as the standard for incident management with the Knox County Ordinance 22-2006
NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency