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This section of the website provides information on the Federal Interagency Operational Plans. The intended audience for this section is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal governments.

About the Federal Interagency Operational Plans            

The Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs), one for each preparedness mission area, describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities. The FIOPs build upon the National Planning Frameworks, which set the strategy and doctrine for how the whole community builds, sustains, and delivers the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. The Goal is: “A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” The Goal is the cornerstone for the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness.

The FIOPs are part of the National Preparedness System. There is one FIOP for each of the five preparedness mission areas:

The FIOPs describe the concept of operations for integrating and synchronizing existing national-level Federal capabilities to support local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal plans, and are supported by Federal department-level operational plans, where appropriate.

While engaging the whole community is critical to successful integration, the FIOPs are directed towards Federal agency operations. The FIOPs recognize that success relies upon a whole community approach and is dependent upon Federal interagency collaboration and integration.

Departments, agencies, Federal coordinating structures, and interagency partnerships should use the FIOPs as a guide for operations and to build a resilient Nation. Federal departments and agencies will develop and maintain department-level operational plans, as necessary, to deliver capabilities to fulfill responsibilities under the National Planning Frameworks and the FIOPs. Departments and agencies may use existing plans, protocols, stand operating procedures, or standard operating guides for the development of such plans.

The Prevention FIOP is Unclassified and For Official Use Only (FOUO)/Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES), Restricted Access. This document is sensitive, and will not be posted electronically on unclassified systems in the interest of national security.

The Protection FIOP will be released at a later date to ensure it aligns with emerging national protection policy.


Inside the FIOPs

Each FIOP:

  • Explains the purpose of the document, including the scope of mission area, planning assumptions, and critical considerations used to develop the FIOP;
  • Provides a detailed concept of operations for Federal entities to integrate and synchronize national-level Federal capabilities to support the plans at all levels of government;
  • Describes the mission area’s core capabilities, along with examples of critical tasks and responsibilities to include resource, personnel and sourcing requirements;
  • Summarizes the organizational structures and operational roles and responsibilities;
  • Describes how integration of the mission areas helps the Federal Government synchronize operations;
  • Provides information that state, local, tribal and territorial governments can use to revise their operational plans; and
  • Uses concepts from existing preparedness efforts, such as the National Incident Management System.
Last Updated: 
03/19/2015 - 14:19