Mission Areas

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The National Preparedness Goal identified five mission areas, in which it groups the 31 core capabilities (the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal). 

 

Prevention

Description: The Prevention mission area comprises the capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. It is focused on ensuring we are optimally prepared to prevent an imminent terrorist attack within the United States.

Prevention Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Forensics and Attribution
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Interdiction and Disruption
  • Screening, Search, and Detection

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Protection

Description: The Protection Framework houses “the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.”

Protection Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Access Control and Identity Verification
  • Cybersecurity
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Interdiction and Disruption
  • Physical Protective Measures
  • Risk Management for Protection Programs and Activities
  • Screening, Search and Detection
  • Supply Chain Integrity and Security

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Mitigation

Description: Mitigation comprises “the capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.”

Mitigation Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-Term Vulnerability Reduction
  • Risk and Disaster Resilience Assessment
  • Threats and Hazard Identification

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Response

Description: Response comprises “the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.”

Response Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Critical Transportation
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Fatality Management Services
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Mass Care Services
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • On-Scene Security and Protection
  • Operational Communications
  • Public and Private Services and Resources
  • Public Health and Medical Services
  • Situational Assessment

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Recovery

Description: Recovery comprises "the core capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.”

Recovery Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Economic Recovery
  • Health and Social Services
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Natural and Cultural Resources

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Last Updated: 
11/28/2012 - 11:20
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