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Region II: National Preparedness

This page features information about the National Preparedness Division and the resources and support it provides.

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To provide the doctrine, programs, and resources to prepare the Nation to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters while minimizing the loss of lives, infrastructure, and property.

What We Do

The National Preparedness Division is responsible for the coordination and development of the capabilities and tools necessary to prepare for all hazards among all levels of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and communities.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone—not just the government—in preparedness efforts. By working together, everyone can keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.

In active collaboration with our full range of partners and stakeholders in the private sector, the non-governmental & volunteer sector, and all levels of the public sector (states, territories, tribes, counties, municipalities):

  • To build a culture of individual and community preparedness;
  • To integrate existing partner & stakeholder emergency management plans to facilitate comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional Regional planning;
  • To assess current Regional risks and capabilities to prioritize any consequent capability shortfalls; and
  • To align priorities within the Region to effectively steward grant programs, trust building and test additional prioritized capabilities.

Region II Individual Preparedness Activities

America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises. The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community

  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage

  • Take action to increase their preparedness

  • Participate in community resilience planning

A key element to successfully responding to and recovering from a major disaster is the overall preparedness of individual citizens and their families. With that in mind, FEMA invites you to participate in a series of ‘What would you do?’ scenarios with your loved ones in order to assess your level of preparedness.

Through a series of scenarios, learn how to discuss steps to improve your safety in the event such a tragedy occurs. Material is also available in Spanish (Español).

Additional information about America’s PrepareAthon is available on


National preparedness is a shared responsibility—everyone has a role to play to ensure that our nation can address its greatest risks. A key element to successfully responding to and recovering from a major disaster is the overall preparedness of individual citizens and their families.

Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit

The Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit is intended to serve as a roadmap for mayors, council members, business administrators and other municipal leaders to address the need for increased resiliency and reduce the impacts of flooding. It also features an aid to help Users track progress and recognize how each action item adds value to the end goal.

The recommended actions outlined in the Toolkit are intended to supplement your community’s overall planning efforts.

Learn more about this resource:

Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit and Progress Tracker

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Last Updated: 
04/18/2018 - 15:28