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FEMA’s National Continuity Programs (NCP) is the Federal Executive Branch Lead Agent for continuity of national essential functions.  Our goal is to minimize the disruption of essential operations in order to guarantee an Enduring Constitutional Government in response to a full-threat spectrum of emergencies.  The scope of our mandate includes development and promulgation of continuity directives  and guidance, education, and training, as well as coordination between the Federal, State, local, territorial, tribal, and private sectors.  NCP also coordinates and participates in Federal, State, and local continuity exercises.

 Earl McDonald, National Archives
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Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS)

Continuity of Operations (COOP)

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FEMA serves as the lead agent for coordinating continuity operations and activities of Federal agencies and collaborating with State, territorial, tribal, and local government jurisdictions.  Viable continuity capabilities ensure FEMA is ready to respond to a continuity event.

NCP manages the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the Nation’s next generation alert and warning capability developed by NCP in partnership with multiple Federal Departments and Agencies.  IPAWS meets the requirements of Executive Order 13407, signed by the President in 2006, which called for the development and implementation of an “effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to alert and warn the American people… and to ensure under all conditions the President can communicate with the American people.”


Roger L. Stone, Acting Assistant Administrator           

Liz Jackson, Executive Officer


General Contact Information

National Continuity Programs
500 C Street, SW, Suite 524
Washington, DC 20472
(202) 646-4145


Last Updated: 
11/02/2015 - 08:34