Managing Highway Incidents with NIMS

Two converging national forces promise to revolutionize the way highway incidents will be managed in many local jurisdictions in the coming years. The first of these forces is the nationwide adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.1 The second is the implementation of efforts by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) urging the passage of a combination of new laws, the adoption of revised training, and the institution of new procedures for relieving congestion and achieving quick clearance of highway incidents.