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Learn About Presidential Policy Directive-8

This page provides updates, an overview, and information on the implementation of the directive to assist all communities and levels of government ensure we're prepared as a nation.The intended audience for this section is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

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October 5, 2016: Draft National Cyber Incident Response Plan National Engagement Period

DHS is currently soliciting public feedback for the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). Recognizing that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and effective cyber incident response must involve all levels of government as well as the private sector, Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)- 41: U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination directs DHS to develop an NCIRP. Over the past few months, DHS has coordinated with stakeholders from across the Federal Government; state, local, tribal and territorial governments; and the private sector to update the NCIRP.

The current draft NCIRP formalizes cyber incident response practices developed over the past few years and further clarifies organizational roles, responsibilities, and actions to prepare for, respond to, and coordinate the recovery from a cyber incident. The plan also creates a stronger alignment between National Preparedness System, specifically the core capabilities within the National Preparedness Goal, the National Response Framework, and the National Incident Management System.

National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment and provide feedback on the NCIRP to ensure it continues to reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community in response to cyber incidents. The draft plan is available for review and feedback at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncirp, webinars are also available. Please provide any comments and recommendations, using the submission form, to FEMA-NCIRP-engagement@fema.dhs.gov by 5:00 pm EDT October 31, 2016.

For more information check out DHS’s blog post at: https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2016/09/30/national-cyber-incident-response-plan-now-available-public-comment

August 18, 2016: Federal Interagency Operational Plans, Released

Today, FEMA’s National Integration Center released updated Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs) for four of the five mission areas outlined in the National Preparedness Goal:  Prevention, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. In addition to the updated FIOPs, FEMA has released the first edition of the Protection FIOP.

The updates to the four established FIOPs focused on discrete, critical content revisions and confirming edits from comments received on the National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Frameworks. Changes due to lessons learned from implementing the FIOPs and recent events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report are also included.

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, FEMA, and an interdisciplinary team developed the Protection FIOP after the other FIOPs to ensure alignment with other National protection policies, such as the Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP 2013) and Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

All five FIOPs outline the concept of operations for integrating and synchronizing existing national-level capabilities to support local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and federal plans. The FIOPs also provide state, local, tribal, territorial, and insular area planners an understanding of how the federal government will utilize capabilities so that they may develop or modify plans accordingly.

All FIOPs, except Prevention, are available on www.fema.gov. The Prevention FIOP contains sensitive information for the law enforcement community and is not publically available.

During August and September of 2016 FEMA hosted a series of 60-minute informational webinars with interested stakeholders to discuss the updates to the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs). These webinars provided information regarding changes and updates as well as answered questions related to the FIOPs.

For more information on national preparedness efforts visit: www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.

June 16, 2016: Updated National Planning Frameworks Released

FEMA and its partners released the updated National Planning Frameworks for each mission area: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. They also describe the coordinating structures and alignment of key roles and responsibilities for the whole community to ensure interoperability across all mission areas.

Recognizing the need for an all-of-Nation approach to preparedness, and an open and transparent government, we gathered ideas from stakeholders, partners, and the interagency to share drafts publicly to get specific feedback. The Frameworks update included collaboration with interagency and whole community stakeholders as draft of the documents underwent three reviews by an interagency working group, a 30-day National Engagement Period, and an interagency concurrence review. FEMA received over 5,000 total comments during the various review and comment periods. As a result, the Frameworks offer practical, real-life examples of things people are doing to keep our nation safe and resilient. We encourage you to read the Frameworks to see how you can apply the concepts to your own preparedness activities.

FEMA hosted a series of 60-minute informational webinars with interested stakeholders to discuss the updates to the National Planning Frameworks. These webinars provided information regarding changes and updates as well as to answer questions related to the Frameworks.

October 2, 2015: National Preparedness Goal, Second Edition, Released

Today, FEMA and its partners released the 2015 National Preparedness Goal. The National Preparedness Goal sets the vision for preparedness nationwide and identifies the core capabilities necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The goal itself is succinct and remains unchanged:

“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.”

The 2nd Edition of the National Preparedness Goal represents a refresh from the 2011 version and incorporates critical edits identified through real world events, lessons learned, and continuing implementation of the National Preparedness System. In working towards development of the refreshed National Preparedness Goal, FEMA and its whole community partners focused on assessing the existing core capabilities. Resulting updates to the core capabilities include changes to select titles and definitions and the addition of one new core capability – Fire Management and Suppression.

Changes made to the core capabilities will be reflected in the ongoing refresh efforts of the National Planning Frameworks and Federal Interagency Operational Plans for each of the mission areas.

For a copy of the document go to: /national-preparedness-goal.

August 13, 2015: Federal Interagency Operational Plans - Engagement Webinars

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-90 minute engagement webinars to discuss the update of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs). All webinars are open to the whole community, which encompasses—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. The sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, August 17, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT: General Overview
  • Tuesday, August 18, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT: Protection
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT: Mitigation
  • Wednesday, August 19, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT: Response/Recovery
  • Thursday, August 20, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT: Mitigation
  • Tuesday, August 25, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT: Response/Recovery
  • Wednesday, August 26, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT: General Overview

August 3, 2015: Share your insights on the Federal Interagency Operational Plans Update

FEMA is working with its Federal partners to update the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs). The FIOPs, one for each preparedness mission area, describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities. Each FIOP describes the concept of operations for integrating and synchronizing existing national-level Federal capabilities to support local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal plans.

FEMA is seeking input from the whole community on four FIOPs, which cover the mission areas of Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.  The Prevention FIOP is Unclassified and For Official Use Only (FOUO)/Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES), Restricted Access and therefore available through separate, more appropriate communication means. This update of the FIOPs focuses on discrete, critical content revisions, and confirming edits as a result of comments received on the National Preparedness Goal refresh effort. Additional changes in the current draft of the FIOPs are the result of the lessons learned from implementing the FIOPs and recent events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report.

The comment period for the National Interagency Operational Plans ended on September 2, 2015.

Thank you for your continued input and support.

July 10, 2015: National Planning Frameworks Update

FEMA is working with its Federal partners to update each of the National Planning Frameworks. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. Each framework establishes a set of key themes that will guide the development and execution of the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal.

As part of the update process, FEMA collected input from the whole community on all five Frameworks, which cover the mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

FEMA also hosted a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to discuss the update of the National Planning Frameworks. All webinars were open to the whole community, which encompasses—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. The sessions were held on:

  • Monday, May 18, 3:00 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 AM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 PM EDT
  • Thursday, May 28, 10:30 AM EDT

Finally, FEMA solicited public feedback via IdeaScale. IdeaScale provides a forum for all stakeholders to provide ideas and offer substantive comments.

As such, we collected whole community stakeholder thoughts and ideas on the following topics:

  • Examples of perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current National Planning Frameworks.
  • Examples of suggested critical updates to the current National Planning Frameworks.
  • Examples of activities and programs you or your organization conduct related to the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

The comment period for the National Planning Frameworks ended on June 3, 2015.

May 15, 2015: Share your ideas on the National Planning Frameworks -  IdeaScale

As part of the National Planning Frameworks update, FEMA is currently soliciting public feedback via IdeaScale. IdeaScale provides a forum for all stakeholders to provide ideas and offer substantive comments.

As such, we welcome your thoughts and ideas on the following topics:

  • Examples of perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current National Planning Frameworks.
  • Examples of suggested critical updates to the current National Planning Frameworks.
  • Examples of activities and programs you or your organization conduct related to the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

To provide your thoughts on these or other topics, please visit: //fema.ideascale.com/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/60701

May 11, 2015: Share your Insights for the National Planning Frameworks Refresh

FEMA is working with its Federal partners to update each of the National Planning Frameworks. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. Each framework establishes a set of key themes that will guide the development and execution of the 31 core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. These key themes are intrinsic to the Nation’s success in ensuring and enhancing national preparedness and are integrated across the frameworks.

FEMA is seeking input from the whole community on all five Frameworks, which cover the mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. This update of the National Planning Frameworks focuses on discrete, critical content revisions, and confirming edits as a result of comments received on the National Preparedness Goal. Additional changes in the current draft of the Frameworks are the result of the lessons from implementing the Frameworks and recent events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report.

The comment period for the National Planning Frameworks begins May 11, 2015 and ends June 3, 2015. The draft of each Framework and the comment forms can be found www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/105808.

March 27, 2015: Share your Insights for the National Preparedness Goal Refresh

Building on the work from the past several years, FEMA is coordinating the refresh of the first edition of the National Preparedness Goal. As called for under Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8), the Goal sets the vision for preparedness, “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,” and identifies the core capabilities necessary to achieve the Goal. FEMA is seeking input from the whole community on the first edition of the Goal. The refresh of the National Preparedness Goal focuses on discrete, critical content based on the lessons from implementing the Goal and recent events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report.

Update: The comment period for the National Preparedness Goal refresh ended on April 16, 2015.

July 30, 2014: National Protection Framework Released

The federal government and its partners released the National Protection Framework, which describes the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. We encourage you to read the Framework to see how you can apply the concepts to your own preparedness activities.

July 30, 2014: Federal Interagency Operational Plans Released

The federal government released three of five Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs), which describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities to reach our shared National Preparedness Goal. The three FIOPs released today are for the Mitigation, Response, and Recovery preparedness mission areas and link together the range of activities conducted by all of the Federal departments and agencies involved in national preparedness.

February 11, 2014: Resource Typing Library Tool and Incident Resource Inventory System 6.0 Released

FEMA has released the Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT) and the Incident Resource Inventory System (IRIS). Both tools are no cost, user-friendly, and designed to assist communities in inventorying resources. 

August 23, 2013: Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Released

FEMA has released Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201, Second Edition, which provides communities additional guidance for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). The First Edition of this Guide, released in April 2012, presented the basic steps of the THIRA process. We encourage you to read CPG 201, Second Edition to see how you can identify capability targets and resource requirements necessary to address anticipated and unanticipated risks.

May 30, 2013: 2013 National Preparedness Report Released

The federal government and its partners released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.

May 6, 2013: National Planning Frameworks Released

The federal government and its partners released three of five National Planning Frameworks, which outline how the whole community can work together to achieve national preparedness. The three Frameworks released today are for the Prevention, Mitigation and Response preparedness mission areas. We encourage you to read each of the Frameworks to see how you can apply the concepts to your own preparedness activities. 

Overview 

Experience tells us that when the whole community comes together to tackle a challenge—and everyone plays a role—the end result is more effective.

Recognizing that preparedness is a shared responsibility, Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness was signed by the President on March 30, 2011.

At its core, PPD-8 requires the involvement of everyone—not just the government—in a systematic effort to keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism and pandemics.

This policy directive calls on federal departments and agencies to work with the whole community to develop a national preparedness goal and a series of frameworks and plans related to reaching the goal.

PPD-8 is organized around six elements. 

In addition, a number of new guidance documents will help the general public, businesses and nonprofit organizations and all levels of government make the most of their preparedness activities.

Implementation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are coordinating the multi-agency PPD-8 effort with representatives from across the whole community. This ensures the policy directive reflects the needs of the whole community. Collaboration has taken place with individuals and families (including those with access and functional needs), businesses, faith-based and community groups, nonprofit organizations and representatives from all levels of government (federal, state, local, tribal and territorial).   

A focus on involving the whole community in PPD-8 activities is what makes this effort unique. Because when it comes to national preparedness, all of us have a role to play.

Major Elements of PPD-8

National Preparedness Goal

This document:

  • States the 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.”
  • Defines a series of national preparedness elements (called core capabilities) that we need to achieve the goal.
  • Emphasizes the need for the whole community to work together in a variety of ways and make the best use of resources.

Learn more by visiting the National Preparedness Goal page on this site.

National Preparedness System

This document outlines the approach, resources and tools for achieving the National Preparedness Goal.

Learn more by visiting the National Preparedness System pageon this site.

National Preparedness Report

This report summarizes progress toward achieving the National Preparedness Goal and will be used to inform the President’s budget. Overall the report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats but also for natural and technological hazards.

Learn more by visiting the National Preparedness Report page on this site.

National Planning Frameworks

This milestone is a collection of five frameworks focused on each of the mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery). Note: The National Disaster Recovery Frameworkwas released in September 2011. The frameworks will define how we will work together to best meet the needs of individuals, families, communities and states in their ongoing efforts to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from any disaster event.

Learn more by visiting the National Planning Frameworks pageon this site.

Federal Interagency Operational Plans

These plans will cover the federal government’s activities to deliver the core capabilities outlined in the five frameworks. These plans are intended to demonstrate how federal efforts can work together to support state and local plans. The federal plans will also describe:

  • Critical tasks and responsibilities, such as resource, staff and sourcing requirements.
  • Specific provisions for rapidly integrating resources and personnel.

These plans will serve as the federal government’s concept of operations for each of the five mission areas.

Build and Sustain Preparedness

This ongoing milestone has four key elements:

  • A comprehensive campaign, including public outreach and community-based and private-sector programs
  • Federal preparedness efforts
  • Grants, technical assistance and other federal preparedness support
  • Research and development

The effort to build and sustain preparedness is ongoing and seeks to build on a range of existing activities. 

Resources

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