The 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR) was recently released by FEMA. 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 significant areas of national strength. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships. 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 that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters.
The NPR identifies national areas of strength and progress made towards building a secure and resilient nation while identifying opportunities for improvement. Key overarching findings from the 2013 NPR include:
- The nation continued progress in key areas of national strength—including Planning, Operational Coordination, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Communications—identified in last year’s inaugural NPR.
- The nation has made notable progress in improving national areas for improvement—including cybersecurity, recovery-focused core capabilities, and integration of individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs.
- Experiences from Hurricane Sandy and other events in 2012 confirmed that enhancing both physical and cyber resilience of infrastructure systems is a newly identified national area for improvement.
- Maturing the role of public-private partnerships is also a newly identified national area for improvement. Specifically, recent assessments of preparedness-related public-private partnerships across mission areas revealed challenges in addressing long-term resourcing and support for these partnerships.
- Hurricane Sandy response and recovery efforts highlighted strengths in the nation’s ability to expedite resources, develop innovative solutions to meet survivor needs, and work with nongovernmental partners. Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that challenges remain with the Federal Government’s ability to coordinate efforts when surging resources to respond to disasters.
- States and territories continue to report the highest capability levels in areas they cited as high priorities.
- Whole community partners continue to use Federal preparedness assistance programs to maintain capability strengths and address identified gaps, while key Federal sponsors are identifying strategies to improve program effectiveness and efficiency. Resilience initiatives are improving the nation’s ability to measure how well communities can prepare for and adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.
FEMA updated the NPR in close coordination with leaders of federal departments and agencies, and the report reflects input from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, private and nonprofit sector partners and the general public. Data from the inaugural regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, as well as SPRs, was analyzed and integrated. 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: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report
To learn more about Presidential Policy Directive 8 and related documents, visit www.fema.gov/ppd8