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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report. The report includes analysis of the future role of emergency and disaster management; strategic needs and gaps the emergency management community will have to address; and insights that provide high-level observations to inform and guide decision makers.
FEMA released the first-ever National Preparedness Goal as part of the PPD-8 implementation (Presidential Policy Directive). PPD-8 describes the Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States.
The National Disaster Recovery Framework is a guide that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted States, Tribes, Territorial and local jurisdictions. It provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner. It also focuses on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient Nation.
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Although 2011’s National Level Exercise (NLE) isn’t until May, participants at all levels of government have already begun preparing.
And getting ready for the drill isn’t a small task — it’s being hailed as one of the largest emergency exercises in the nation’s history and the first to turn the spotlight on a natural disaster.
FEMA is now providing, free for download and use, a series of Tabletop Exercise presentations as a tool to advance your organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the adoption of the final standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep)—a major milestone in DHS’ implementation of a program recommended by the 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies.
Craig Fugate brought three lessons with him when he took over the Federal Emergency Management Agency: Always be ready for disasters, make sure people take responsibility for themselves and get the message out creatively.
US cities would be so overwhelmed by a dirty bomb or nuclear bomb attack that they would invariably rely upon the federal government for recovery, but agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have not yet completed their planning for delivering such assistance, congressional investigators warned.
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, PRIVATE SECTOR OFFICE
COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS UPDATE #15 MAY 15, 2009, 4:00 PM