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Mission Areas

The purpose of this page is to provide an overview of the five mission areas. The intended audience for this page is individuals; families; communities; the private and nonprofit sectors; faith-based organizations; and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and federal governmental agencies.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Integration Center at FEMA-NIC@fema.dhs.gov.

Introduction

The National Preparedness Goal identified five mission areas, in which it groups the 32 core capabilities (the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal). 

  • Prevention. Prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act of terrorism.
  • Protection. Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations and way of life to thrive.
  • Mitigation. Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
  • Response. Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
  • Recovery. Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening and revitalization of infrastructure, housing and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.

Prevention

Description: The Prevention mission area is composed of the capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. It is focused on ensuring we are optimally prepared to prevent an imminent terrorist attack within the United States.

Prevention Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Forensics and Attribution
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Interdiction and Disruption
  • Screening, Search, and Detection

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Protection

Description: The Protection Framework houses “the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.”

Protection Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Access Control and Identity Verification
  • Cybersecurity
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Interdiction and Disruption
  • Physical Protective Measures
  • Risk Management for Protection Programs and Activities
  • Screening, Search, and Detection
  • Supply Chain Integrity and Security

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Mitigation

Description: Mitigation is composed of “the capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.”

Mitigation Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-Term Vulnerability Reduction
  • Risk and Disaster Resilience Assessment
  • Threats and Hazards Identification

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Response

Description: Response houses “the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.”

Response Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Critical Transportation
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Fatality Management Services
  • Fire Management and Suppression
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Mass Care Services
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • On-Scene Security, Protection, and Law Enforcement
  • Operational Communications
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Medical Services
  • Situational Assessment

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Recovery

Description: Recovery is composed of the core capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.

Recovery Core Capabilities:

  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Economic Recovery
  • Health and Social Services
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Natural and Cultural Resources

See the core capabilities page for further descriptions.

Last Updated: 
05/02/2018 - 15:15