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:
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