U.S. Homeland Security Releases National Preparedness Goal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published their National Preparedness Goal. A nationwide initiative, the purpose of this goal is to create “a secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”

The Department of Homeland Security hopes to attain the National Preparedness Goal through:

  • Prevention: Trying to prevent, avoid or stop a threat or an actual act of terrorism before it can take place.
  • Protection: Protecting the citizens, visitors and national assets of the U.S. against threats and hazards.
  • Mitigation: Lessen the impact of disasters yet to happen. In this way, the loss of life and property is minimized.
  • Response: A quick response to a catastrophic incident not only saves lives, but protects property, the environment, and allows one to be able to meet basic human needs.
  • Recovery: Focusing on restoration and the revitalization of the infrastructure, in such areas as housing and communities, affected by a catastrophic incident in a timely manner. Another area in which recovery efforts can be focused is in the economy.

The ultimate goal of the new initiative is to help prepare our nation and its citizens for a worst case scenario. By showing how we can first try to prevent such events and then how to lessen the losses that could possibly be suffered if an event actually happened, mainly through preparedness and quick response, it is hoped that the loss of life and property can be greatly reduced over all. The National Preparedness Goal also encourages cooperation with international partners such as Canada and Mexico.

For more information about the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Goal, visit: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/npg.pdf