What Is the Basic Premise of the NIMS and National Response Network?

The National Response Framework is a formal plan detailing how community groups and the United States government work together in the event of natural disasters or terrorist attacks. The National Incident Management System includes the processes for how the various aspects of disaster response should be handled.

Both the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System are overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The idea behind the National Response Framework is that the government alone cannot alleviate the needs of people in times of extreme need, so the community must be incorporated into the disaster relief process. The National Incident Management System provides a step-by-step process for how the government and community can work together successfully in emergency situations.