On May 3rd, FEMA released the 2012 National Preparedness Report (NPR) that identifies significant progress made in increasing the Nation’s preparedness, not only from external threats, but also from the natural and technological hazards.  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 against the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.

Overall, the NPR found that the Nation has made significant progress in enhancing preparedness and identifies several significant areas of national strength.  For example, the Nation has built the foundation for an integrated, all-hazards planning architecture that considers routine emergencies and catastrophic events.  Operational coordination has also improved with the adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a common doctrine for incident management.  In addition, intelligence and information-sharing capabilities are stronger thanks to a national network of fusion centers and Joint Terrorism Task Forces that bring together Federal, State, and local law enforcement, Intelligence Community resources, and other public safety officials and private sector partners.  Furthermore, the Report highlighted opportunities for national improvement in cybersecurity, long-term recovery, and integrating individuals with access and functional needs into preparedness activities.

The NPR is the next step in implementing PPD-8.  Since the directive was signed by the President in March 2011, FEMA and its partners have released the first edition of the National Preparedness Goal, the National Preparedness System description, and the working drafts of the National Planning Frameworks.  This link national_preparedness_report_fact_sheet_final_5_3_2012 (3) will take you to a downloadable copy of a Fact Sheet about the NPR.  For more information on PPD-8 and to download the complete Report, visit

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