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NIMS Resources

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent, nationwide approach and language for multiple agencies, jurisdictions, and communities to work together to build, sustain, and deliver the core capabilities needed to achieve a secure and resilient nation. For more information about the NIMS doctrine, supporting guides, tools, and links visit

Resource Management

Using consistent resource management concepts such as typing, inventorying, organizing, and tracking will facilitate the dispatch, deployment, and recovery of resources before, during, and after an incident. For more information about Resource Management, visit

An Independent Study course on Resource Management is also available through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute at



The Incident Resource Inventory System (IRIS) is a distributed software tool provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). IRIS is available for use by all agencies, jurisdictions, and communities to serve as a consistent tool to inventory resources into their own database and to search/identify their specific resources for incident operations and mutual aid purposes. IRIS is available for download to your own computer or network from the IRIS webpage at For more information on IRIS, contact the IRIS Help Desk.


RTLT includes a Web Services Application Programming Interface (API) in order for third-party systems to receive data from RTLT. If you manage or develop a third-party system and would like to utilize the RTLT Web Services API, please contact the RTLT Help Desk for more information.

National Preparedness System at

National preparedness is a shared responsibility—everyone has a role to play to ensure that our nation can address its greatest risks. The National Preparedness System outlines an organized process for everyone in the whole community to move forward with their preparedness activities and achieve the National Preparedness Goal. Visit for more information.