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2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 runs from January 2021 to December 2022.

Principals' Strategic Priorities

Continuity of Essential Functions

Examine the capabilities of all levels of government and the private sector to operationalize plans that ensure continuity of essential functions and the resilience of critical services during an incident where key personnel, facilities, or systems are directly or indirectly impacted.


Strengthen coordination on cybersecurity prevention, protection, response, mitigation and recovery roles and responsibilities across all levels of government and the private sector—and between cyber/information technology professionals and those in leadership, emergency management, continuity, operations and other functions—to improve the cybersecurity capabilities of the whole community.

Economic Recovery and Resilience

Examine the capabilities of public, private and nonprofit partners to identify critical economic recovery issues and strategies that support outcome-driven recovery, such as identifying interdependencies between the public and private sectors to build short-term economic relief and establishing long-term economic resilience for communities and jurisdictions.

National Security Emergencies and Catastrophic Incidents

Examine the nation’s capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, mitigate and/or recover from the threat or impact of a catastrophic incident that seriously degrades or threatens the national security of the United States, such as conducting intelligence and information sharing activities; identifying and deconflicting roles, responsibilities and authorities, including within the White House process of governance; coordinating decision-making; and prioritizing and mobilizing scarce resources.

Operational Coordination and Communications

Examine the capabilities of public, private and nonprofit partners to implement appropriate coordination and communication structures for incident management, such as conducting intelligence and information sharing; assessing the situation; establishing an incident command structure and decision-making process; ensuring interoperable communications; adapting plans; maintaining a common operating picture; and conducting effective public messaging.

Public Health and Healthcare Emergencies

Examine the capabilities of all levels of government and the private sector to detect and manage naturally occurring or intentional infectious disease events or other emergencies with public health and healthcare implications, such as leveraging community education; applying medical and nonmedical countermeasures; coordinating among public health, health care, emergency management, and other governmental and nongovernmental organizations to integrate effective surveillance measures; rapidly communicating with external partners and the public; sustaining economic and business operations; establishing border controls; and sustaining healthcare and social services.

Sheltering and Housing Solutions

Examine the capabilities of the whole community to effectively implement locally executed, state-managed and federally supported outcome-driven sheltering and housing solutions that streamline survivors’ progress through all recovery phases, including populations with disabilities and other access and functional needs.

Stabilization and Restoration of Community Lifelines

Examine the capabilities of public, private and nonprofit partners to stabilize and restore community lifelines, such as determining severity of incident impact, particularly on critical infrastructure and supply chains; identifying limiting factors to addressing impacts; and quickly prioritizing and mobilizing resources that alleviate threats to life or property and facilitate recovery.