National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Delaware Annual NIMS Report 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 Program

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

Annual NIMS Report

Each year, all local Emergency Managers within the State of Delaware are responsible for self-evaluating and self-certifiying their jurisdiction is compliant with NIMS. That certification is reported to DEMA at the end of the year. DEMA then reviews the compliance reports, compiles the information from all reporting agencies, and submits that compiled report to FEMA.

It is imperative that individual departments within each jurisdiction work with their local offices of emergency management to ensure compliance. In addition, all local jurisdictions must work with the various departments within their jurisdictions to ensure NIMS compliance efforts are underway and that all associated training is being provided.

Keep in mind that NIMS compliance is a requirement for Federal Grant Funding.

The requirement to adopt, implement and utilize NIMS and ICS means NIMS and ICS is to be practiced everyday for incident management. Those who are not using NIMS and ICS day-to-day are not NIMS compliant.


For more information about Delaware NIMS please contact:

Bill Wipf
State NIMS Coordinator
Delaware Emergency Management Agency
165 Brick Store Landing Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-659-2248
William.Wipf@delaware.gov