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National Planning Frameworks

The purpose of this page is to provide information on the National Planning Frameworks (Frameworks). The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The intended audience for the page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal governments.

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About the Frameworks

The National Planning Frameworks, one for each preparedness mission area, describe how the whole community works together to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. The Goal is: “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 Goal is the cornerstone for the implementation of the National Preparedness System.

The National Planning Frameworks are part of the National Preparedness System. There is one Framework for each of the five preparedness mission areas:

The Frameworks foster a shared understanding of our roles and responsibilities from the firehouse to the White House. They help us understand how we, as a nation, coordinate, share information and work together – which ultimately results in a more secure and resilient nation.



Inside the Frameworks

Each Framework:

  • Explains the purpose of the document, including the guiding principles and scope of mission area; 
  • Summarizes the roles and responsibilities of each part of the whole community;
  • Defines coordinating structures—either new or existing—that enable the whole community to work together to deliver the core capabilities;
  • Describes the relationships to the other mission areas;
  • Identifies relevant information to help with operational planning;
  • Provides information that state, local, tribal and territorial governments can use to revise their operational plans; and
  • Uses concepts from existing preparedness efforts, such as the National Incident Management System.

Whole Community Approach

The Frameworks follow a whole community approach to preparedness, which recognizes that everyone can contribute to and benefit from national preparedness efforts. This includes individuals and families (including those with access and functional needs), businesses, community and faith-based groups, nonprofit organizations and all levels of government.

Last Updated: 
10/30/2019 - 09:50