Yesterday, FEMA and its partners released the Second Edition of the National Preparedness Goal
. The National Preparedness Goal describes a vision for preparedness nationwide and identifies the core capabilities necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The goal itself is succinct and remains unchanged:
“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 Second Edition of the National Preparedness Goal represents a refresh from the 2011 version and incorporates critical edits identified through real world events, lessons learned, and continuing implementation of the National Preparedness System. In refreshing the National Preparedness Goal, FEMA and its whole community partners, including individuals, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government, focused on assessing the existing core capabilities. Resulting updates to the core capabilities include changes to select titles and definitions and the addition of one new core capability—Fire Management and Suppression.
Changes made to the core capabilities will be reflected in the ongoing refresh efforts of the National Planning Frameworks and Federal Interagency Operational Plans for each of the mission areas.
For a copy of the document and related resources, go to: https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-goal
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Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:
- Count your stock... is it enough?
- Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
- Keep cash on hand
- Don't let your gas tank get below half-full