The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has recently released its 2015 National Preparedness Report that summarizes the nation’s progress in strengthening the security and resiliency of the United States and identifies where preparedness gaps remain.
The report is required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8), issued by President Obama in 2011 to ensure that every facet of society (the whole community) works together to define and enhance the nation’s preparedness for a wide range of threats, from natural disasters to influenza pandemics.
The fourth iteration of this annual report highlights the nation’s improvements in building, sustaining and delivering the 31 core capabilities as described in the 2011 National Preparedness Goal. The report is intended to provide officials with practical insights to help make informed decisions about program priorities, resource allocations and community actions.
The 2015 report places a special emphasis on the nation’s progress in implementing the National Planning Framework across the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
The report includes input from the whole community – namely federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals. It identifies 43 key findings that address national trends in each of the mission areas.
The overarching national trends include:
- Incorporating Emergency Preparedness into Technology Platforms: Businesses and public-private partnerships are increasingly incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms, such as Internet and social media tools and services.
- Challenges Assessing the Status of Corrective Actions: Federal Government lacks a mechanism to comprehensively assess the status of corrective actions for high-priority issues with broad implications across multiple Federal agencies, as identified in large-scale exercises and real-world incidents.
- Response Coordination Challenges for Events that Do Not Receive Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) Declarations:
Recent events, including the Ebola virus epidemic, have highlighted challenges with coordinating the response and recovery of complex incidents that are not eligible for the Stafford Act assistance.
- National areas that need improvement include Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction.
- Areas that have acceptable levels of performance but require sustained effort to meet emerging challenges are: Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination.
Additionally, the report addresses the necessity for U.S. first responders to continue to sustain and improve Mass Search and Rescue capabilities.
HOW MISSION MANAGER CAN HELP
Based on the core principles of Preparation, Readiness and Execution, Mission Manager’s cloud-based incident management software can support Mass Search and Rescue Capabilities at all levels. In addition, our robust software supports several of the 31 core capabilities needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal, including Planning, Operational Coordination, Environmental Response/Health and Safety, On-Scene Security and Protection, Operational Communications, and Situational Assessment.
Mission Manager is designed to support first responders from training through real-world disasters. The training scenarios can be customized to replicate the complex, dynamic factors that first responders potentially face, including compounding disasters, multiple jurisdictions and infrastructure failures.
During an incident, Mission Manager helps ensure a unified command. It enables incident commanders and emergency managers to obtain, share and manage critical information. As a situational awareness tool, Mission Manager provides a common operational picture on multiple devices, including real-time communications and tracking with extensive mapping capabilities.
For more information on how Mission Manager can help your agency prepare for and manage incidents, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 877-257-8230.
For additional information on the Frameworks and how they apply to each of the five preparedness mission areas, follow the links on FEMA’s website:
- National Prevention Framework
- National Protection Framework
- National Mitigation Framework
- National Response Framework(second edition)
- National Disaster Recovery Framework
FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.” Follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.