The mission of FEMA Region IIIs National Preparedness (NP) Division is to provide leadership in the coordination and facilitation of all federal efforts to assist state and local emergency management and emergency response organizations to build and sustain capability to respond to any emergency or disaster, including a terrorist incident, as well as other natural or man-made hazards.
The following components make up the Region III National Preparedness Division:
The Regional Preparedness Branch works in close coordination with the National Preparedness Directorate to deliver and coordinate homeland security training, education (internal and external), and exercise programs within the Region. These functions include implementation of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF). In addition, Preparedness provides internal and external Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) and exercise support.
Technological Hazards Branch
The Technological Hazards Branch administers the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP), which conducts and evaluates Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) exercises, medical drills, out-of-sequence and remedial drills. These exercises and drills serve to test the radiological emergency response plans and preparedness for the offsite response organizations surrounding nuclear power facilities.