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FEMA Region VI: National Preparedness Division

Welcome to the FEMA Region VI National Preparedness Division's webpage! Here you will find information regarding our responsibilities and activities in striving for a secure and resilient nation. Preparedness is central to efforts required across the whole community to respond to, prevent, protect against, mitigate, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.

We entreat all people to engage in personal emergency planning. Don't delay!  Every day is an opportunity to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.

Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.

FEMA recommends citizens prepare and plan in the event they must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Be Informed: Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after and emergency.
  2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience.
  3. Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care.
  4. Get Involved: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters.

National Preparedness Division Main Telephone: 1-940-898-5209

FEMA Region 6 Operator: 1-800-426-5460

Randy Meshell
Federal Preparedness Coordinator

Lisa Hammond
Deputy Federal Preparedness Coordinator

National Preparedness

Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8) describes the Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. National Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our whole community. Every member contributes, including individuals, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and Federal, state, and local governments. We describe our security and resilience posture through core capabilities that are necessary to deal with great risks, and we will use an integrated, layered, and all-of-Nation approach as our foundation.

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.

Law Enforcement Liaison

The Law Enforcement Liaison plays a key role in promoting information sharing and relationship building among emergency managers, law enforcement agencies, critical infrastructure stakeholders, intelligence community members, and whole community partners in order to support the Nation’s approach to preparing for threats and hazards that pose a risk to the security of the United States.

This is accomplished by providing assistance through such programs as:

  • All-Hazard Law Enforcement/Emergency Management Coordination
  • All-Hazard Law Enforcement/Emergency Management Training
  • Catastrophic Disaster Planning
  • Crisis/Consequence Management
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Assessment
  • Disaster Preparedness Outreach
  • Exercise Development and Evaluation Assistance
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute Training Courses
  • FEMA Public Assistance Law Enforcement Support
  • Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshops
  • Law Enforcement Collaboration and Information Sharing
  • Law Enforcement Disaster Capability Assessment
  • Law Enforcement/Emergency Management Technical Assistance
  • Law Enforcement/Emergency Management Working Group
  • Lessons Learned and Improvement Planning
  • Terrorism and Emergency Management Planning Workshops
  • United States Department of Homeland Security Training Consortium

Preparedness and Analysis


Every community should understand the risks it faces. By understanding its risks, a community can make smart decisions about how to manage risk, including developing needed capabilities. Risk is the potential for an unwanted outcome resulting from an incident, event, or occurrence, as determined by its likelihood and the associated consequences. By considering changes to these elements, a community can understand how to best manage and plan for its greatest risks across the full range of the threats and hazards it faces. The FEMA Region VI National Preparedness Division is responsible for implementing the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process to help partner communities identify capability targets and resource requirements necessary to address anticipated and unanticipated risks.

THIRA Process

This Guide describes a four-step process for developing a THIRA:

1. Identify the Threats and Hazards of Concern. Based on a combination of experience, forecasting, subject matter expertise, and other available resources, identify a list of the threats and hazards of primary concern to the community.

2. Give the Threats and Hazards Context. Describe the threats and hazards of concern, showing how they may affect the community.

3. Establish Capability Targets. Assess each threat and hazard in context to develop a specific capability target for each core capability identified in the National Preparedness Goal. The capability target defines success for the capability.

4. Apply the Results. For each core capability, estimate the resources required to achieve the capability targets through the use of community assets and mutual aid, while also considering preparedness activities, including mitigation opportunities.

For more information, please review the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide-201 (CPG-201) "Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide."

Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)

What is EMAP?

EMAP, the voluntary standards, assessment, and accreditation process for disaster preparedness programs throughout the country, fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs, by establishing credible standards applied in a peer review accreditation process. EMAP was created by a group of national organizations to foster continuous improvement in emergency management capabilities. It provides emergency management programs the opportunity to be recognized for compliance with industry standards, to demonstrate accountability, and to focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed. FEMA Region 6 is now EMAP accredited!

Regional Integration Branch

The Regional Integration Branch manages the activities of the Individual and Community Preparedness program, Continuity of Operations (COOP), National Incident Management System (NIMS), Lessons Learned/Continuous Improvement Program and Private Sector Liaison programs.

Individual and Community Preparedness

Here are highlights from across FEMA Region 6:

  • FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council – Region 6 is proud of Wyatt Reed from Greene County, AR for being selected on the FEMA's National Youth Preparedness Council for 2019-2020.  Wyatt recently held a graduation ceremony for 4th - 6th graders who completed the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) at Crowley Ridge Academy in Paragould, AR. 
  • Region 6 Youth Preparedness Council – Youth from the R6 state and Tribal Nations work collectively to better prepare their communities.  The 2019-2020 council members are:
    • AR - Wyatt Reed (Co-Chair) and Carley East 
    • OK -  Caleb Antle, Olivia Edington, Maggie Smith and Abbie McNabb
    • Otoe-Missouria Tribe - Derek Bible, Anias Bible, Ivan Cordell-Lawrence, and Marlene Tequila-Enloe
    • Choctaw Nation - Hannah Gammon (Co-Chair)
    • TX - Lauren Blaydon
  • R6 Higher Education Partnership - In 2018, a group of students and educators met at the Arkansas Emergency Management Conference and established the first Higher Education Working Group.  R6 has also established the first Higher Education Collaborative which includes colleges and universities from all over Region 6 which meets twice a year.  The next collaborative meeting will held at Louisiana State University April 20-22, 2020.  To learn more about the Higher Education Collaborative click here.
  • R6 Community Preparedness Working Group – This group works collectively to support community and youth preparedness by sharing best practices and lessons learned.  The group is comprised of State Program Managers, Higher Education partners, Youth Preparedness Advocates, Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) members and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) teachers and trainers selected by state program manager. The R6 CPWG is co-chaired by CJ Engel and Amanda Smith and facilitated by R6 staff.  
  • Community Preparedness Award 2020 Winners – R6 Community Preparedness Awards are open for 2020.  The winners for Youth Preparedness and Whole Community Awards will be announced in March.  Stay tuned!

FEMA Region 6 Individual and Community Preparedness Partners offer a variety of Individual Preparedness information, including:

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Bill Bischof
Community Preparedness Officer


Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program

The Regional Continuity Manager is responsible for COOP program delivery, working closely with Federal, state, and local partners to ensure compliance with Federal Continuity Directive-1 (FCD-1).

FEMA Continuity of Operations

National Incident Management System

NIMS establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all responders are to use to coordinate and conduct response activities. The FEMA Region VI NIMS Coordinator works closely with Regional partners to ensure communities are properly engaged in the interoperability effort.

National Incident Management System, October 2017

Lessons Learned/Continuous Improvement Program

FEMA Region VI Regional Integration Branch engages in after-action reporting for real-world and exercise events to determine areas for improvement, strengths, and best practices as well as analyzing trends to determine recurring themes that may impede future operations.

Lessons Learned Inbox

Private Sector Liaison

According to FEMA’s Strategic Plan, “Every segment of our society, from individual to government, industry to philanthropy, must be encouraged and empowered with the information it needs to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters.” 

The Region 6 Private Sector Liaison (PSL) strives to understand both FEMA program areas and private sector organizations to identify opportunities to engage. 


FEMA Region 6 Private Sector Liaison


Technological Hazards Branch

The Technological Hazards Branch coordinates efforts to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of communities adjacent to commercial nuclear power plants as well as to provide for a Regional Law Enforcement Liaison. The Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) reviews emergency plans, evaluates radiological emergency response exercises and conducts Disaster Intiated Reviews (DIRs) for commercial nuclear generating stations within the FEMA Region VI area of responsibility.  The commercial nuclear plants in the FEMA Region VI REPP program include River Bend Station, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, South Texas Project, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, and Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station. REPP staff also participate with partner regions nationwide to assist with exercise evaluation and conduct DIRs.

REP Reference Library.


Training and Exercises play a vital role in national preparedness by enabling whole community stakeholders to test and validate plans, as well as identify both capability gaps and areas for improvement. A well-designed training and exercise program provides a low-risk environment to test capabilities, familiarize personnel with roles and responsibilities, and foster meaningful interaction and communication across organizations. Training and exercises bring together and strengthen the whole community in its efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards. 


The President emphasized the need for national preparedness in Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8). The National Preparedness System will help guide the domestic efforts of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public to build and sustain the capabilities outlined in the national preparedness goal. The National Preparedness System includes guidance for planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises to build and maintain domestic capabilities. It provides an all-of-Nation approach for building and sustaining a cycle of preparedness activities over time. The FEMA Region 6 Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) is the roadmap for the Region to implement the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System. 


The FEMA Region 6 training and exercise programs, in coordination with partner federal agencies, Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), and state, tribal, and local emergency response organizations within the region help to prepare FEMA Region 6 to address the all-hazards, whole-community approach to preparedness.  The Region’s critical infrastructure, geographic location, and national, social, and economic assets make planning, training, and exercising a priority to ensure adequate levels of preparedness across all mission areas is achieved.


Below are exercise resources information links:

Below are State and Federal Exercise Partner Websites:

Click Here To Contact FEMA Region 6 Exercise Staff


The training program seeks to improve FEMA employee capabilities and FEMA field operations through a variety of internal and external training opportunities.  The training program also coordinates with state, National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and other external partners to ensure appropriate training is available.

Training E-Mail Inbox

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training Calendars

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training Calendar

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FEMA provides on-line Independent Study courses open to the general public.

Last Updated: 
03/30/2020 - 18:03