Today, FEMA released the 2019 National Preparedness Report. In its eighth year, this report summarizes the nation’s progress toward attaining becoming a more secure and resilient nation.
The 2019 Report highlights the diverse range of preparedness challenges the Nation faces—from terrorism and active shooter incidents, to cyber-attacks, to natural disasters, as well as how stakeholders across the Nation are using preparedness grant funding to invest in preparedness improvements. The 2019 Report also presents cross-cutting trends from the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), which provide insights into preparedness progress and gaps.
The 2019 Report presents an overview of the five preparedness mission areas—Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery—and describes major findings identified through community-wide research and engagement. Specifically, the Report presents information regarding: National-level preparedness policy gaps; the impact of complex Federal disaster programs on state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; efforts to prepare for catastrophic incidents; and examples—highlighted as “Preparedness in Practice”—that demonstrate real-world progress.
Additionally, the 2019 Report includes analysis using the Community Lifelines construct. A Community Lifeline is an indispensable service that enables the continuous operation of critical business and government functions, and is critical to human health and safety, and economic security. Looking at preparedness data through the lens of this construct provides a clearer picture of prioritization of the capabilities that the nation must maintain to prepare for and respond to threats and hazards of concern.
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