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NIMS Implementation for Non Governmental Organizations (NGO's)


 In the United States, all emergencies regardless of size or type are local events. However, when a community’s resources are insufficient to respond to an incident, local government may call on nongovernmental organizations for assistance. Nongovernmental organizations are non-profit entities with an association that is based on interests of its members, individuals, or institutions and that is not created by government, but may work cooperatively with government. Such organizations serve a public purpose, not a private benefit. Examples of such Non Governmental Organizations would be:

    *Private EMS Agencies
    *Faith Based Organizations

    *Charity Organizations
    *Utility Corporations
    *Transportation Systems

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is responsible for coordinating the NIMS compliance data of all Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that respond to emergencies and disasters within our state.


As required under Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the NIMS enables responders from different communities with a variety of job responsibilities to better work together. Everyone has a role to play in NIMS implementation—fire and rescue, law enforcement, hospitals and healthcare systems, transportation systems, public works, voluntary agencies, private industry, nongovernmental organizations, and many others—not only in responding to an event, but in ongoing preparedness activities as well.

The National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Division recommends 14 activities for the private sector that support NIMS implementation.   These activities closely parallel the implementation activities that have been required of State, territorial, tribal, and local governments since 2004.   Effective and consistent integration of the NIMS across Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments and the private sector will result in a strengthened national capability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of incident. 

Additional information about Private Sector NIMS Implementation Activities may be found at the following web site:

The OKOHS has developed a NIMS self assessment check-sheet that may be faxed or e-mailed to the NIMS Compliance team once NIMS Compliance activities have been completed.   

The form may be accessed at the following link:

Adoption: Private or Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Please complete the form and mail to the contact information found on the NIMS Home page.