National Preparedness Goal
“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.” Read the National Preparedness Goal
News, Updates, and Announcements
- July 30, 2014 - National Protection Framework released
- July 30, 2014 - Federal Interagency Operational Plans released
- February 11, 2014 - Resource Typing Library Tool and Incident Resource Inventory System 5.0 released
- August 23, 2013 - Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment released
- May 6, 2013 - National Prevention, Mitigation and Response Frameworks released
The purpose of this page is to provide the whole community with information to help understand what it means to be prepared and how to do it effectively. The National Incident Management System is intended to be used by the whole community. The intended audience for this page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal governments.
National preparedness is a shared responsibility—everyone has a role to play to ensure that our nation can address its greatest risks.
The first step is to understand the National Preparedness Goal. Once familiar with the Goal, you’re ready to learn more. You’ll find resources and information such as:
- National Preparedness System. This outlines an organized process for the nation’s preparedness efforts.
- National Incident Management System. This provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide organizations in managing all types of incidents.
- National Planning Frameworks. The National Planning Frameworks represent an important step forward in describing how all levels of government, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and the public at-large work together to build and sustain the capabilities we need to prevent, protect, mitigate against, respond to and recover from those threats and hazards.
- National Preparedness Report. Released annually, this report shows our nation’s progress on the Goal—our strengths and opportunities for improvement.
Our national preparedness efforts are ongoing, so visit the sites regularly to see what new information and resources are posted. Together, we will ensure our nation is safe and resilient.