Adopted in 2004 (and mandated by executive order one year later), the Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS) establishes roles and responsibilities and designates authority for City, state, other government entities, and nonprofit and private sector organizations performing and supporting emergency response.
The CIMS Protocol is New York City's implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS compliance is a requirement for future federal domestic preparedness funding for local governments. While CIMS has been developed to address New York City's unique incident management requirements, its full compliance with NIMS ensures compatibility with incident command systems in use in other states and federal agencies. CIMS is designed to be scalable, and facilitates the involvement of additional organizations such as private sector and nonprofit entities.
Watch NYC Emergency Management's Citywide Incident Management System video below.