The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was published by the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2004. It provides a comprehensive and consistent national approach to all-hazard incident management at all jurisdictional levels and across all functional emergency management disciplines.
Since most incidents occur and are handled by local government, the support of elected and appointed officials in the NIMS implementation process is crucial to the nation's success in preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters – regardless of their cause.
The benefit of NIMS is especially evident at the local level, when the entire community prepares for and provides an integrated response to an incident. Elected and appointed officials need to be involved in all aspects of NIMS implementation. Sandoval County has adopted NIMS and it is a requirement of certain employees to be current in NIMS training.
Required Emergency Management training can be found at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) NIMS Website.
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) Training Calendar
The NMDHSEM has emergency management training calendar with classes offered throughout the state.