NOTE: The National Incident Management System (NIMS) information provided on our website was reviewed and approved by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. ILEAS is providing this information for the benefit of its members. ILEAS is not responsible for interpreting or enforcing Federal and State NIMS regulations.

On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD), Management of Domestic Incidents, which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer NIMS. This system provides a consistent nationwide template to enable Federal, State, local, tribal governments, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism. A copy of HSPD-5 is available on this website.

In order to apply for Federal Preparedness Grant funding, each jurisdiction MUST adopt NIMS principles and practices and conform to the Illinois NIMS Compliance standards. It is no longer acceptable for jurisdictions to umbrella under their respective county. Federal Preparedness Grant funding will be NOT be awarded from the State of Illinois until all NIMS Compliance requirements have been met per the designated federal fiscal year (FFY).

To assist local jurisdictions with NIMS Compliance, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) provides pertinent NIMS information on the Illinois Municipal League's website. Clarification and questions regarding NIMS Compliance requirements should be referred to the IEMA's Coordinator for your region. A list of contacts is provided on the State of Illinois NIMS website.

The Department of Homeland Security and the State of Illinois will begin to audit Federal Preparedness Grant Fund recipients beginning in FFY2008. If your jurisdiction or department receives Federal Preparedness Grant Funds, you may be asked to produce documents supporting your efforts to implement NIMS. Failure to do so will result in the inability to receive Federal grant funds.

The table below provides a brief overview of NIMS Compliance Activities according to each respective fiscal year. ILEAS strongly suggests that all jurisdictions contact your IEMA regional representative to discuss any questions or additional assistance you may need in achieving NIMS Compliance.

NIMS Compliance Requirements for the State of Illinois

Federal Fiscal Year Requirements



2016 NIMS compliance will be reported using the spreadsheet form at the bottom of this page. This form is provided by FEMA for locals to report their NIMS compliance. The Federal Fiscal Year deadline is September 30th, 2016.


After completing:


  1. Please print your submission
  2. Save your document for future reference.
  3. After saving please email a copy to:


Your completed submission will be reviewed for compliance and entered in the State NIMS Compliance Database. The Federal Fiscal Year deadline is September 30th, 2016.


Follow the link below to download the spreadsheet.


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Additional Information:


Each jurisdiction must determine the NIMS courses required for its personnel. The jurisdiction is responsible for maintaining the courses personnel have taken in order to record training numbers for the NIMSCAST Metrics and Objectives. FEMA's training guidelines may provide useful in determining training. FEMA also provides online independent study courses free of charge. A list of NIMS can be found at the FEMA website.

In addition to FEMA, the Illinois Fire Services Institute routinely provides NIMS certification courses.  Visit their websites by clicking on their names to learn about upcoming training opportunities.


NIMSCAST is no longer used by FEMA. Illinois is using a new system for reporting compliance. This information can be located at

Resource Management:

Resource typing is an important part of resource management, which is one of the six components of NIMS. Please refer to the FEMA website for 120 Resource Typing Definitions published by The National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Division when recording your resources.