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This section of the site contains information on FEMA Region 9 National Preparedness Division's Preparedness and Analysis Branch.

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Individual and Community Preparedness
Tribal Programs
Continuity of Operations Programs (COOP)
Presidential Preparedness Directive-8 associated programs

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Region 9 National Preparedness Division's Preparedness and Analysis Branch

Oakland, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 -- FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward speaks to an audience of tribal partners, state and local officials during the 2012 Preparedness Partnership meeting to highlight the importance of collaboration, communication and strong partnerships before and during a disaster. Mary Simms/FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness

Angela Nak
Community Preparedness Officer
(510) 627-7105

Disaster can strike at any time with or with little warning.  Click on the following links to learn how you can take action steps now to ensure you and loved ones are safe and prepared.  Get Ready Now.  Learn what action steps to prepare you and loved ones by visiting
Get involved in your local Citizen Corps

FEMA Region 9 Youth Preparedness Council

Cerritos, Calif., March 1, 2013 -- Angela Nak, Individual Community Preparedness Officer, Tiffany Espensen, Region IX Youth Preparedness Council Member, and Karen Baker, California Secretary of Services and Volunteering. FEMA Region 9 has three members of the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council:
Divya Saini - Palo Alto, CA
Visit Palo Alto Earthquake Preparedness Facebook page where she shares all of the latest preparedness information, activities, and initiatives happening in her community. 
Tiffany Espensen - Burbank, CA
Follow Tiffany on Twitter @tiffyespensen and help re-tweet her disaster preparedness tips on Tuesdays #TiffyTipTuesday.
Christian Chowen - Laie, HI
He is one of the leading youth Preparedness Instructors for the Hawaii “Being Safe, Feeling Safe” Program helping individuals with limited Access and Functional Needs prepare for emergencies.
To learn more about their current preparedness initiatives, activities, and more, visit their FEMA Region 9 Youth Preparedness Council Members Page.
To read their biographies, visit: Youth Preparedness Council Members

Tribal Program

Heather Duschell
Tribal Liaison
(510) 627-7052
Tribal Strategy: “Tribes Leading Tribes”Anza, Calif., May 26, 2011 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman (left) meets the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Tribal Chairman Joseph Domingo Hamilton for the signing of the FEMA-Tribal Agreement. The Agreement reflects the understanding, commitments, and conditions under which assistance will be provided to the Ramona Tribal Government for DR-1952-CA. FEMA/Veronica Verde

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. 

Resource links:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
FEMA Tribal Policy
Ready Indian Country
Inter-Tribal Council of California
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada
Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona

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
(510) 627-7009

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.

Guam, Jan. 15, 2013 -- James Macaulay, Regional Continuity Manager, conducting a continuity planning workshop for the Territory of Guam. Photo by Ken Hudson/FEMA 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:

Continuity of Operations Brochure:

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

FEMA Region 9 staff meet at a preparedness meetingJoel Palmer
Preparedness Analyst and Planning Specialist
(510) 627-7193

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.


Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness

Learn About Presidential Policy Directive 8

Oakland, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 -- FEMA Region IX hosts nearly 200 tribal partners, emergency managers, first responders and other state, local and federal officials during the 2012 Preparedness Partnership meeting. Kelly Hudson/FEMA 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.

National Preparedness 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.

National Preparedness System

San Francisco, Calif., April 18, 2013 – Vendors provide preparedness information to attendees of the Make Your Game Plan Prep Rally hosted by the American Red Cross and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company at the California Academy of Sciences. At the event FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward presented the Red Cross Bay Area Chapter with an award for community disaster preparedness efforts. 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. 

Identifying and assessing risks:

This first step involves collecting historical and recent data on existing, potential and perceived threats and hazards. The results of these risk assessments form the basis for the remaining steps. 
Guidance for conducting a THIRA at all levels of government can be found in
Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide
The Strategic National Risk Assessment (SNRA) identifies the types of incidents that pose the greatest threat to the nation's homeland security.
Pheonix, Ariz., April 26, 2005 -- Participants at the four-day "Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments" EMI class in Phoenix, April 25-29, 2005. Photo by Lynne Carrier/FEMA photo Next, determine the specific capabilities and activities to best address the identified risks. Some capabilities may already exist and some may need to be built or improved. The National Preparedness Goal provides a list of core capabilities related to prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery, the five mission areas of preparedness.
While the State Preparedness Reports focus on states, territories and tribes, the National Preparedness Report addresses capabilities at a national level.
The National Preparedness Goal identifies 31 core capabilities—these are the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal.
These capabilities are referenced in many national preparedness efforts, including the National Planning Frameworks. The National Preparedness Goal groups the capabilities into five mission areas, based on where they most logically fit; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Some fall into only one mission area, while some others apply to several mission areas.
The National Planning Frameworks are encompassed in the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)
Sacramento, Calif., March 4, 2013 -- Participants of an incoming FEMA Corps class prepare for an induction ceremony. FEMA Corp is a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service that dedicates a unit of service corps members specifically to disaster preparedness, response and recovery. This step involves figuring out the best way to use limited resources to build capabilities. You can use the risk assessment to prioritize resources to address the highest probability or highest consequence threats.
FEMA provides state and local governments with preparedness program funding in the form of Non-Disaster Grants to enhance the capacity of state and local emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a weapons of mass destruction terrorism incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices and cyber attacks. To apply, go to or Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants
Now it’s time to see if your activities are working as intended. Participating in exercises, simulations or other activities helps you identify gaps in your plans and capabilities. It also helps you see progress toward meeting preparedness goals.
It is important to regularly review and update all capabilities, resources and plans. Risks and resources evolve—and so should your preparedness efforts.

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Last Updated: 
03/17/2015 - 08:19