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FEMA Region VI: National Preparedness Division

Welcome 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, Continuity of Operations (COOP), National Incident Management System (NIMS), Training, and Private Sector Liaison programs.

Individual and Community Preparedness

Texas School Safety Center’s 2017 Youth Preparedness Camp attendees

Here are highlights from across FEMA Region 6.

  • We are proud to partner with the Texas School Safety Center’s award winning Texas Youth Preparedness Camp. Our collaboration has sparked preparedness in youth from neighboring states as well as tribal nation youth. Best practices fromt his camp have led to youth preparedness camps being held at Arkansas State University and the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Nation in Oklahoma. Other camps are expected to be conducted in 20188. For more information about Youth Preparedness Camp visit their website at Youth Preparedness Camp | Texas School Safety Center.
  • FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council – Region 6 has two youth representing this year.  Hannah Farris from Arlington, TX and Naomi Winston from Thibodaux, LA.  Click this link to learn more about them
  • Region 6 Youth Preparedness Council – R6 has youth from AR, LA, NM, OK and TX to represent and work in their communities to provide emergency preparedness.  The council consists of Hannah Farris (co-chair), Naomi Watson (co-chair), Brock Rigsby (AR), Lanise Byrd (AR), James Burroughs (NM), Annabelle Deloach (NM), Evelyn Smith (OK), Derek Bible (Otoe-Missouria Tribe), and Anias Bible (Otoe-Missouria Tribe)
  • Saline County, Arkansas has the first local Youth Preparedness Council in Region 6 which started January 2018 with 11 more local Youth Preparedness Councils to start later this year in AR
  • 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 chaired by Boyce Wilson of the Heart of Texas Council of Government and facilitated by R6 staff.
  • Individual & Community Preparedness (ICP) 2017 winner – Arlington Christian Disaster Network won the Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program Award.   To learn more about ACDN visit this link.
  • Individual & Community Preparedness (ICP) Award Honorable Mention – Region 6 is proud of the great preparedness initiatives conducted by Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, Suburban Houston-Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Galveston Community County Emergency Response Team and Michael Mastrangelo of the University of Texas Medical Research Branch.


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


The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to planning and conducting individual exercises. The FEMA Region VI Exercise section follows HSEEP methodology to assist Regional and state partners in all phases of development and execution for tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises.

Homeland Security Exercise Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Policy and Guidance Home


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.

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. 

During Hurricane Harvey, the PSL worked to provide situational awareness, aid in response coordination, facilitate re-entry procedures, and connect private sector purchase and donations offers with public sector needs.


Additional information & resources:

  • Upcoming events
  • Disaster Operations
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  • Training (see the Training tab above for a list of opportunities/resources)
  • Exercises
    • Shaken Fury – national-scale tabletop exercise focused on New Madrid Seismic Zone event, June 4-6, 2019
    • To participate in exercises at the state/FEMA level, please contact:


FEMA Region 6 Private Sector Liaison

Eraina Perrin


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.

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Last Updated: 
06/29/2018 - 07:48