From DHS: Release of the 2014 National Preparedness Report

From DHS – RELEASE OF 2014 NPR

dhsFEMA and its partners released the 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the Nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.

Overall, the NPR found the Nation continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas and identifies several areas of sustainment. The report also identified areas for national improvement in building resilience and reducing long-term vulnerability.

The report was developed to meet the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness. PPD-8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. The NPR also addresses several reporting requirements from the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA), including components of the Federal Preparedness Report and State Preparedness Report (SPR).

The NPR identifies areas of sustainment and progress made across 31 core capabilities towards building a secure and resilient nation while identifying opportunities for improvement. Key overarching findings from the 2014 NPR include:

  • Major events, such as Hurricane Sandy and the severe 2012-2013 drought, have served as catalysts for change in national preparedness programs, drawing clearer links between post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster mitigation activities.
  • Continued progress has resulted in several relatively mature capabilities across multiple mission areas that require ongoing sustainment to meet expected future needs.
  • Cybersecurity, infrastructure systems, health and social services, and housing remained national areas for improvement. Long-term vulnerability reduction is a newly identified national area for improvement.
  • New national policy and planning initiatives are focusing efforts to address areas for improvement in preparedness.
  • Budget uncertainties have created challenges for preparedness initiatives at state and local levels of government, resulting in increased emphasis on preparedness innovations and whole community engagement.
  • States and territories assessed their capabilities at similar levels as 2012, with the highest self-assessment scores in the common core capabilities and the Response mission area. States and territories also reported the most annual progress in the operational coordination, planning, and intelligence and information sharing core capabilities.
  • The Nation is integrating tribal partners more systematically into preparedness. However, opportunities remain for Federal agencies and tribal nations to increase engagement and expand training opportunities on relevant policies.

FEMA facilitated the development of the NPR in close coordination with leaders of Federal departments and agencies, and the report reflects input from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and private and nonprofit sector partners. The report also integrates data from the annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process and State Preparedness Reports from the 56 states and territories. FEMA also conducted research to identify any recent independent evaluations, surveys, and other data related to the core capabilities.

For a copy of the full report go to: www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report

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