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Policy, Strategic, and Doctrinal Products (21)

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This collection provide centralized access to FEMA’s policy, strategic and doctrinal documents and resources.
Collection Created:
July 30, 2013
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  • Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty

    Progress Report Highlighting the 2010-2011 Insights of the Strategic Foresight Initiative
  • A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action

    A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as collaborative resources to enhance the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach. The document is intended to promote greater understanding of the approach and to provide a strategic framework to guide all members of the emergency management community as they determine how to integrate Whole Community into their daily practices.
  • National Disaster Housing Strategy

    The National Disaster Housing Strategy (the Strategy) serves two purposes. First, it describes how we as a Nation currently provide housing to those affected by disasters. Second, and more importantly, the Strategy charts the new direction that our disaster housing efforts must take if we are to better meet the emergent needs of disaster victims and communities.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency Publication 1

    FEMA Publication 1 (Pub 1) serves as our capstone doctrine. Pub 1 communicates who and what FEMA is, what we do, and how we can better accomplish our missions. Pub 1 defines our principles and culture, and describes our history, mission, purpose, and ethos.
  • FEMA Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2011-2014

    The FEMA 2011—2014 initiatives will make FEMA a more flexible and adaptive organization capable of responding to new situations, capitalizing on opportunities, and quickly adjusting to changing environments. The initiatives will foster greater community engagement, and unity of effort and purpose among all members of the emergency management team, with the goal of achieving more effective emergency management outcomes for the Nation. FEMA's 2011—2014 Initiatives 1. Foster a Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management Nationally 2. Build the Nation‘s Capacity to Stabilize and Recover From a Catastrophic Event 3. Build Unity of Effort and Common Strategic Understanding Among the Emergency Management Team 4. Enhance FEMA's Ability to Learn and Innovate as an Organization
  • National Incident Management System: December 2008

    The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.
  • 2015 National Preparedness Goal

    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 local1 governments. We describe our security and resilience posture through the core capabilities (see Table 1) that are necessary to deal with great risks, and we will use an integrated, layered, and all-of-Nation approach as our foundation.

  • FEMA Incident Management and Support Keystone

    This document describes key tenets and concepts for managing operations.  It is an important foundational support element of the Agency's new overarching FEMA Publication 1.  It also provides a renewed commitment to the National Response Framework, the principles of disaster recovery, the National Incident Management System, and will provide a foundation for our continued effort to empower the Regions and emergency managers in the field.

  • FEMA Climate Change Adaptation Policy Statement

    The purpose of this policy statement is to establish an Agency-wide directive to integrate climate change adaptation planning and actions into Agency programs, policies, and operations.

    This directive applies to all Agency activities and is intended to guide FEMA personnel responsible for the oversight and implementation of organizational plans, policies, and procedures.

  • Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program

    FEMA Recovery policy 9459.1. The purpose of this policy is to outline the circumstances and criteria for implementing the authority, as described within the Stafford Act, to lease and repair multi-family rental property units for temporary housing through the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP).

  • Recovery Policy 9461 1 Disaster Assistance for Child Care 1/17/2014

    FEMA Recovery Policy on Disaster Assistance for Child Care

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Guidance and Application Kit

    Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) offers grants to support activities in two categories: (1) activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate incidences of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards (“Fire Prevention and Safety Activity”); and (2) research and development activities aimed at improving firefighter safety (“Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity”). This program guidance document provides potential applicants with the details of requirements, processing, and evaluation of an application for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program Guidance and Application Kit

    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The purpose of the guidance in this document is to assist FEMA and partners in preparing, developing, and managing grant activities.

  • Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

    The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (Handbook) is the official guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans. While the requirements under §201.6 have not changed, the Handbook provides guidance to local governments on developing or updating hazard mitigation plans to meet the requirements under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 44 – Emergency Management and Assistance §201.6, Local Mitigation Plans for FEMA approval and eligibility to apply for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. It also offers practical approaches, tools, worksheets and local mitigation planning examples for how communities can engage in effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters. The Handbook complements and liberally references the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide (October 1, 2011), which is the official guidance for Federal and State officials responsible for reviewing local mitigation plans in a fair and consistent manner.

  • Insurance-Real Property Losses

    Financial assistance may be provided to insured applicants when FEMA determines that the applicant's insurance benefit for real property damaged by the identified peril is inadequate. An insured applicant's application will not be processed unless insurance documents related to benefits received are provided to FEMA. FEMA will use the criteria in this policy to decide whether the benefit is inadequate.
  • Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS)

    These documents establish policy and assign responsibilities for use of the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs.

  • Recovery Policy Sharing Survivor Data with Trusted Partners

    The purpose of this policy is to ensure secure and expedient sharing of FEMA Recovery Data. This policy provides guidelines under which FEMA will share data with Trusted Partners.

  • Tribal Consultation Policy

    The FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications.   Publication Date: July 3, 2019

  • Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents

    This recovery coordination guide outlines best practices and approaches for states, tribes, and territories to help enable a more effective recovery for local communities after an incident of any size or scale. Building on the principles and concepts outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework, this guide will better position recovery stakeholders to lead, coordinate and support impacted communities in a more efficient, effective and equitable manner. It is designed to be applied after an incident, either in concert with existing pre-incident recovery plans or to enhance post-incident planning efforts.

  • Individuals, Households Program Unified Guidance Final

    The Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance (IHPUG) provides FEMA employees, emergency management partners, political leadership, and the public with a single, comprehensive reference containing policy statements and conditions of eligibility for all forms of Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance. The IHPUG supersedes existing stand-alone policies and applies to disasters declared on or after September 30, 2016 through February 28, 2019.  The Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) supersedes the IHPUG for any disaster declared on or after March 1, 2019.