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2019-2020 Principals’ Strategic Priorities

All National Exercise Program (NEP) exercises must support one or more of the Principals' Strategic Priorities (PSPs). There are nine priorities for the 2019-2020 cycle of the NEP, which are based on sources including exercise and real-world after-action reports, preparedness data such as THIRA/SPR submissions, and subject matter expert input.

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The 2021-2022 NEP cycle will begin in January 2021 with updated PSPs.

Principals' Strategic Priorities

1. Operational Coordination and Communications

Examine the ability of law enforcement, fire and medical services, public health, and other emergency management partners to conduct integration operational planning, establish and incident command structure, ensure interoperable communications, share information, and maintain a common operating picture during an incident. 

PSP1 Fact Sheet

2. Cybersecurity

Examine the ability of the whole community to synchronize cyber defense measures, authorities, information sharing, and public messaging—from prevention through response—and to coordinate internal and external cyber response activities including rapid threat notification.

PSP2 Fact Sheet

3. Stabilization and Restoration of Critical Lifelines

Examine the ability of public- and private-sector partners to mitigate risks to infrastructure systems; leverage mutual assistance and private-sector resources; and prioritize, stabilize, and restore critical lifelines such as communications, energy, hazardous waste management, healthcare, food and water, safety and security and transportation.

PSP3 Fact Sheet

4. National Security Emergencies

Examine the ability of all levels of government to identify appropriate roles and required authorities; proactively share incident information; coordinate decision-making; prioritize and mobilize resources; continue essential functions; protect affected populations; and conduct effective public messaging for any incident that threatens the national security of the United States.

PSP4 Fact Sheet

5. Public Health Emergencies

Examine the ability of the whole community to implement integrated response operations against infectious diseases or other public health incidents by conducting bio-surveillance; detecting, categorizing, controlling and containing threats; implementing medical and non-medical countermeasures; rapidly communicating with external partners and the public; and addressing the aftereffects of any health emergency.

PSP5 Fact Sheet

6. Community Recovery and Economic Resilience

Examine the ability of the whole community to implement mitigation and recovery plans, strategies and programs that are federally supported, state managed and locally executed to achieve long-term recovery objectives, including economic resilience among community businesses, households, and individuals.

PSP6 Fact Sheet

7. Mass Care and Housing

Examine the ability of the whole community to provide disaster survivors with streamlined, coordinated, and inclusive life-sustaining services—such as feeding, reunification, and distribution of emergency supplies—from congregate sheltering through long-term housing.

PSP7 Fact Sheet

8. Continuity

Examine the ability of partners across the whole community, including businesses and government at all levels, to execute continuity plans and continue essential functions and services during an incident where key personnel, facilities or systems are directly threatened or impacted.

PSP9 Fact Sheet

9. School Safety and Security

Examine the ability of K-12 school and higher education officials and community partners with roles and responsibilities in school safety to identify, prioritize and plan for potential threats or hazards; establish lines of coordination and communication, share information, execute emergency plans during an incident; and validate training and resources to provide for the well-being of students and staff before, during and after an incident.

PSP9 Fact Sheet

Policy and Resources

National Exercise Program Base Plan: Outlines the authorities, governance and concept of operations that provide the foundation for the NEP.

National Exercise Program End of Cycle Report: Contains findings from the 2017-2018 NEP exercise cycle. The information contained in this document was used to shape the development of the 2019-2020 Principals’ Strategic Priorities, which will guide our exercise investment over the next two years.

Last updated August 12, 2020