The United States has generally improved in preparing for disasters but suffers from shortfalls in its cybersecurity posture, recovery capabilities and integration of people with disabilities as well as children and seniors into preparedness activities, said the first National Preparedness Report.
The report, released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), examined 31 core capabilities across the country identified as key under the National Preparedness Goal, published on Oct. 7, 2011. The goal and the follow-on report — both ordered under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8 — strive to specify steps required to successfully prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from the types of disasters most likely to pose the greatest threats to Americans.
FEMA coordinated the report with other federal agencies, state and local governments, tribal and territorial governments, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public.
In an accompanying statement, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said, “This report illustrates areas of national strength to include planning, operational coordination, intelligence and information sharing, and other response-related capabilities. As we continually assess and aim to meet the full vision of the National Preparedness Goal, we must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified opportunities for improvement.”
See First-Ever FEMA National Preparedness Report Finds Shortcomings in Cybersecurity, Disaster Recovery by Mickey McCarter for HSToday.US: Insight & Analysis for Government Decision Makers.