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National Preparedness Directorate

This page provides information for all audiences regarding the mission, structure, and leadership of National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), an organizational component under the Resilience organization at FEMA.


The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) helps people and communities become more resilient by developing the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all threats and hazards. NPD provides guidance, programs, and processes to empower people and the communities they live in to be prepared for any hazard.National Preparedness Directorate Organization Chart including Office of the Assistant Administrator, National Integration Center, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, National Training and Education, National Exercise Division, Technological Hazards Division, and National Preparedness Assessment Division

NPD carries out these responsibilities through the following NPD divisions:

  • NPD Office of the Assistant Administrator
  • National Integration Center (NIC) develops guidance and tools to assist communities in tackling their unique preparedness challenges and coordinates the adoption and implementation of a common incident management platform for emergency responders and officials. 
  • Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) connects individuals, communities, and organizations with research and tools to help people prepare for disasters.
  • National Training & Education Division (NTED) leads the development and delivery of training and education for first responders, emergency managers, and the public through a multi-disciplinary, data-driven learning approach and partnerships with higher education institutions.
  • National Exercises Division (NED) conducts, supports, and evaluates exercises that test the abilities of all levels of government to respond to disasters, and incorporates lessons learned into updated practices.
  • Technological Hazards Division (THD) builds the emergency management and response capabilities of communities that live near nuclear power plants and U.S. Army chemical stockpile sites to help them plan for and respond to any incident. THD’s work covers a wide range of activities in a specialized field.
  • National Preparedness Assessment Division (NPAD) advances preparedness for all hazards by assessing progress, the effectiveness of preparedness programs and resources, and communicating lessons learned to help the nation continually improve.

What We Do

A resilient nation is one that ensures every person, government, and community is prepared for any threat or hazard, regardless of size or location. NPD plays an integral part in making that culture of preparedness a reality. It provides resources to all levels of government, non-profits, the private sector, small businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community leaders, and members of the public, that build awareness, promote action, and empower communities. NPD uses data and research to develop programs and resources that help the nation plan for, train, test, assess, and promote resilience.



PLAN: NPD establishes guidance and programs for disaster planning and promotes a consistent emergency management structure for the nation.
TRAIN: NPD provides training, education, and assistance for first responders, emergency management professionals, and community members to increase capabilities at the local level.
TEST: NPD helps all levels of government conduct exercises to test their abilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters.
ASSESS: NPD evaluates activities and investments, and identifies lessons learned to continuously improve the nation’s capabilities to address threats and hazards.
ENGAGE: NPD uses research to create community-based programs and educational tools to build awareness around relevant disaster risks and empower individuals to safeguard themselves and their families against disaster.


Last Updated: 
01/29/2019 - 12:33