National Planning Frameworks

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About the Frameworks

The National Planning Frameworks, one for each preparedness mission area, describe how the whole community works together to achieve 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 National Planning Frameworks are part of the National Preparedness System. There is one Framework for each of the five preparedness mission areas:

The Frameworks foster a shared understanding of our roles and responsibilities from the fire house to the White House. They help us understand how we, as a nation, coordinate, share information and work together–which ultimately results in a more secure and resilient nation.

The National Disaster Recovery Framework was released in September 2011. The National Prevention Framework, National Mitigation Framework, and a second edition of the National Response Framework were released in May 2013. The National Protection Framework was released July 30, 2014.


Inside the Frameworks

Each Framework:

  • Explains the purpose of the document, including the guiding principles and scope of mission area; 
  • Summarizes the roles and responsibilities of each part of the whole community;
  • Defines the mission area’s core capabilities, along with key examples of critical tasks;
  • Defines coordinating structures—either new or existing—that enable the whole community to work together to deliver the core capabilities;
  • Describes the relationships to the other mission areas;
  • Identifies relevant information to help with operational planning;
  • 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.

Whole Community Approach

The Frameworks follow a whole community approach to preparedness, which recognizes that everyone can contribute to and benefit from national preparedness efforts. This includes individuals and families (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses, community and faith-based groups, nonprofit organizations and all levels of government.

Last Updated: 
07/30/2014 - 14:16
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