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Stakeholder Preparedness Review

This page is for state, local, tribal, territorial, and Urban Area Security Initiative partners to learn more about the annual preparedness self-assessment process and provides access to the reporting tool, technical information, and additional resources. This Stakeholder Preparedness Review replaces the previous version of the assessment, the State Preparedness Report.

About the Stakeholder Preparedness Review

The Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) is a self-assessment of a jurisdiction’s current capability levels against the targets identified in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 requires an annual report from any state or territory receiving federal preparedness assistance administered by the Department of Homeland Security. In 2018, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) grantees will also complete an SPR. This assessment replaces the previous version of the assessment, the State Preparedness Report.

The SPR supports the National Preparedness System by helping jurisdictions identify preparedness capability gaps and sustainment requirements. States, localities, tribes, territories, Urban Area Security Initiative partners, and the federal government use this information to help make programmatic decisions to build and sustain capabilities, plan to deliver capabilities, and validate capabilities. Jurisdictions submit their assessment to FEMA by December 31 each year.

In 2018, FEMA worked with jurisdictional partners to develop an updated capability assessment methodology. Jurisdictions begin by completing standard capability targets in the THIRA process to determine the level of capability they plan to build to and sustain over time. They then assess their current preparedness levels directly against those targets. Jurisdictions set targets for the 32 core capabilities defined in the National Preparedness Goal.

Using the targets from the THIRA, jurisdictions identify their current capability and how that capability changed over the last year, including capabilities lost, sustained, and built. Jurisdictions also identify capability gaps related to Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training, and Exercises, and indicate their intended approaches for addressing gaps and sustainment requirements. In addition, jurisdictions will identify how FEMA preparedness grants helped to build or sustain capabilities.

The outputs of this process inform a variety of emergency management efforts, including: emergency operations planning, mutual aid agreements, hazard mitigation planning, grant investment strategies, and training and exercise efforts.

Conducting an effective preparedness self-assessment requires active involvement from the whole community and we encourage jurisdictions to seek input from multiple stakeholders when completing their THIRA and SPR.

Confidentiality Statement

Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review data include jurisdiction-specific preparedness data that is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). The data cannot be distributed outside the federal government and is intended for recipients with a clear disaster/emergency preparedness mission and a valid need to know. Receipt of Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review data will be accompanied by this confidentiality statement and an interpretation guide. Jurisdictions can share their own assessments without restriction.

Unified Reporting Tool

In 2018, jurisdictions will submit both the THIRA and SPR through the 2018 Unified Reporting Tool (URT)., the platform hosting the online URT, is a Federal Government-wide online platform that helps government agencies collaborate and collect information. Several Federal government agencies use to securely develop collaborative materials, conduct surveys, and share data. To receive access to the URT or obtain a Section 508-compliant version of this survey, please contact

Technical Assistance

FEMA provides technical assistance to state, territorial, tribal, and urban area jurisdictions to assist them in completing their THIRA and SPR process.


For 2018, FEMA will be sponsoring a series of in-person technical assistance sessions across the country. Sessions are intended to provide states, territories, urban areas, and tribal nations with in-depth assistance for completing and submitting their preparedness assessments using the reporting tool by the December 31, 2018 deadline.


We also maintain a help desk to provide quick responses to jurisdictions with questions at


FEMA is updating its resources to help jurisdictions use the online URT, including instructional videos, webinars, and a complete user guide. These materials will be posted to the below Toolbox as they are available. In addition to the THIRA/SPR Helpdesk, technical support will be available through


Additional Guidance, Tools, and Resources

Last Updated: 
08/13/2018 - 07:14