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Region 9 National Preparedness Division's Preparedness and Analysis Branch
Community Preparedness Officer
FEMA Region 9 Youth Preparedness Council
Tribal Strategy: “Tribes Leading Tribes”
FEMA Region 9 partners with lead tribes to mentor other tribal nations using benchmark preparedness programs. The region seeks to engage tribal nations in meaningful dialogue while developing and implementing policy directives that will assist the tribes with their emergency management needs. FEMA Region 9 Tribal Liaisons help tribal nations to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
FEMA Region 9 Tribal Preparedness Partnership Meeting:
FEMA Region 9 has hosted an annual Tribal Preparedness Meeting (TPPM) since 2011. These events have been successful in improving relationships between the federal, tribal and respective state governments. They have also broken new ground in advancing and expanding Region 9’s tribal outreach program, including hosting the launch of the Ready Indian Country program, Whole Community programs, presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), Stafford Act changes and other FEMA programs.
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program
James Macaulay, CEM
Regional Continuity Manager
Continuity of Operations (COOP) is the efforts with individual organizations to ensure they can continue to perform their essential functions during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack related emergencies. For additional information click here.
FEMA is designated as the Department of Homeland Security's lead agency for managing the Nation's Continuity Program (NCP). To support this role, FEMA provides direction and guidance to assist in developing capabilities for continuing the federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local government jurisdictions and private sector organizations' essential functions across a broad spectrum of emergencies. FEMA's NCP COOP Division leads this effort for the nation
The FEMA Region 9 Regional Continuity Manager serves as the regional continuity point of contact for FEMA NCP COOP Division. Region 9 leads continuity outreach efforts throughout the region across the Federal government and also provides technical assistance to its states, territories and tribes. Particularly, Region 9 chairs Continuity/Emergency Preparedness Working Groups through the Federal Executive Boards in Honolulu, Greater Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Areas. The Region also assists in developing and implementing continuity training, exercises, and inter-agency coordination.
Check out this link for access to current COOP guidance, planning templates, evaluation tool, and training information.
The following links will take you to information on current Federal Executive Board (FEB) activities:
This brochure provides an overview, discusses continuity operations, its goal, viable continuity capability elements, and the four continuity operation phases. The brochure also addresses the conditions under which continuity plans would be activated and information about the ten FEMA regions. The brochure is a useful tool for educating the continuity community and those unfamiliar with continuity on the importance of continuity planning in federal and non-federal organizations. (PDF 556KB)
Preparedness Analysis and Planning
Preparedness Analyst and Planning Specialist
Preparedness analysis and planning is the focal point in Region 9 for many of the implementation programs around Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8 – National Preparedness. These include the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and other capability assessment programs, and additional planning and analysis related activities.
Experience tells us that when the whole community works together to tackle a challenge—and everyone plays a role—the end result is more effective.
Recognizing that preparedness is a shared responsibility, Presidential Policy Directive 8 / PPD-8: National Preparedness was signed by the President on March 30, 2011.
At its core, PPD-8 requires the involvement of everyone—not just the government—in a systematic effort to keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism and pandemics.
This policy directive calls on federal departments and agencies to work with the whole community to develop a national preparedness goal and a series of frameworks and plans related to reaching the goal.
The National Preparedness Goal, released in September 2011, defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. The goal itself is succinct:
“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.”
These risks include events such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other manmade hazards, terrorist attacks and cyber attacks.
Every day, we take steps to keep our nation safe and ensure we quickly recover after disasters occur. Whether we face risks related to earthquakes, cyber attacks or chemical spills, our goal is shared: safety and resilience.
The National Preparedness System outlines an organized process for everyone in the whole community to move forward with their preparedness activities and achieve the National Preparedness Goal.