National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Delaware NIMSCAST 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 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.

NIMS Training Programs The NIMS Training Program defines the national NIMS training program as it relates to the NIMS components of Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. It specifies NIC and stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. The NIMS Training Program outlines responsibilities and activities that are consistent with the National Training Program, as mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, offers a broad range of NIMS-related training. The State of Delaware developed a template for guidance concerning who should receive NIMS training and to what level. This template has been adopted by the state discipline leads and agencies and reflects the minimum NIMS/ICS training requirements in Delaware.  Private sector and non-governmental organizations are also encouraged to use these standards. To view this document click Delaware National Incident Management System Required Training

NIMSCAST stands for National Incident Management System Capability Assessment Support Tool. NIMSCAST is designed as the premier, web-based self-assessment instrument for State, county and, local governments to evaluate and report their jurisdiction's achievement of all NIMS implementation activities released since 2004. The NIMSCAST is designed for Delaware incident and resource managers as a comprehensive self-assessment support tool. The NIMSCAST allows users to assess the current status/level of their respective jurisdictions or organization's incident preparedness against the requirements outlined in the NIMS. Using the NIMSCAST as a method of identifying weaknesses in incident preparedness will assist incident and resource managers to become compliant with NIMS. As a self-assessment support tool, the NIMSCAST not only aids users to become compliant with the NIMS, but also supports Delaware’s incident and resource managers seeking to enhance and maximize the effectiveness of their incident preparedness as a central point for identifying and acquiring resources.

For more information about Delaware NIMSCAST contact:

Eric J. Morgan
Delaware Incident Management Team Coordinator
Delaware Emergency Management Agency
165 Brick Store Landing Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302- 659-2246
Eric.j.morgan@state.de.us