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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all first responder organizations and other critical agencies to work together effectively during a domestic incident or event. Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 (HSPD-5) directs Federal Departments to make the adoption of NIMS by the States a condition of eligibility for Federal preparedness grants. Vermont will comply with this Directive as outlined in Vermont's NIMS Implementation Plan.  This plan is relevant to all first responder organizations, relevant representatives in municipalities with emergency response and support responsibilities, elected and appointed officials, relevant hospital personnel as identified, emergency support personnel, relevant school officials and relevant private industry and non-governmental organizations.