FEMA Releases 2015 National Preparedness Report

The fourth version of the report – first released in 2011 and describing progress in building, sustaining and delivering 31 core capabilities – included findings on national issues, progress on preparedness and areas for improvement.

“Each year, the report presents an opportunity to assess gains that whole community partners—including all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities, and individuals—have made in preparedness, and to identify where challenges remain,” read a statement on the FEMA website. “The intent of the National Preparedness Report is to provide the Nation with practical insights on preparedness that can inform decisions about program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions.”

According to the FEMA website, there are three major trends in the 2015 National Preparedness Report:

1. Business and public/private partnerships incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms such as the Internet and social media.

2. The challenge of comprehensively assessing corrective actions across the entirety of the Federal Government on a broad scale, in addition to the individual assessments by federal departments and agencies during national-level exercises and real-world incidents.

3. Coordinating response and recovery regarding incidents that do not receive Stafford Act declarations.

Along with identifying three new core capabilities – Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination – the report also highlighted areas for improvement such as: Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction (a repeat from last year’s report).

Other areas that remain challenges include the build capacity for Access Control and Identity Verification and Economic Recovery core capabilities.

 

To view the entire report, visit: https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report