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National Planning Frameworks:

How We Work Together to Build, Sustain, and Deliver Capabilities to Ensure a Secure and Resilient Nation

Today, the Federal Government and its partners released three of the five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. These National Planning Frameworks document the roles and responsibilities of the whole community in all facets of national preparedness and illustrate how we work together to support one another before, during, and after an emergency. The benefit of this unified effort is a more informed, shared understanding of risks, needs, and capabilities across the whole community; and, in the end, a more secure and resilient nation.

There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The National Disaster Recovery Framework was the first to be released (September 2011), and the National Protection Framework is currently under development to ensure it aligns with emerging national protection policy. The National Response Framework is based on the familiar 2008 version.

You can download the National Planning Frameworks and view the tutorial at .

In recognition of the need to adopt an all-of-Nation approach to preparedness, and in the spirit of open government, we gathered ideas from the whole community and shared drafts to get specific feedback during the development of the Frameworks. We received more than 5,000 comments from individuals and communities, including people with access and functional needs; businesses and nonprofits; and all levels of government. As a result, the Frameworks offer practical, real-life examples of things people are doing to keep our Nation safe and resilient.

The whole community is encouraged to read each Framework to see how it applies to them. Each Framework:

  • Summarizes the roles and responsibilities of each part of the whole community
  • Defines each mission area's core capabilities, along with examples of critical tasks
  • Defines coordinating structures—either new or existing—that enable the whole community to work together to deliver the core capabilities
  • Describes the relationships to the other mission areas
  • Identifies relevant information to help with operational planning
  • Provides information that all levels of government can use to revise their operational plans
  • Uses concepts from existing preparedness efforts, such as the National Incident Management System

As we continue to implement the National Preparedness System, we encourage you to check our online collaboration forum at and our website at for additional opportunities to provide input.

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we can make the Nation more resilient and secure.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA's Legislative Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or FAX (202) 646-3600.


FEMA Major Disaster Declarations Update

Iowa Severe Winter Storm
Major Disaster Declaration number 4114 on May 06, 2013


FEMA Announces 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Recipients

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the selection of 30 recipients to receive funding under the FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge program. The program focuses on building local community resilience to man-made and natural disasters, with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration with community stakeholders, sustainability, repeatability and measurable benefits to the community.

This year's award recipients are recognized for programs designed to continue to move community preparedness forward, and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation's resilience to disasters.

“The best resiliency ideas originate from our states and tribal nations.” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this effort is to further empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative approaches to effectively respond to disasters.”

The program is being funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation who acted as a third-party intermediary to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to helping people prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from disruptions, and is proud to support this program and the innovative efforts of local residents to build resilience in communities across the United States,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Over 1,900 applications were received across the country. FEMA is grateful to all applicants for their dedication and commitment to building community resilience. FEMA recognizes that a government-centric approach to disaster management is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. To meet our nation's preparedness goals, the whole community must be actively involved in all phases of the preparedness, response, and recovery cycle. These awards are designed to invest in and enhance the whole community effort.

As we applaud the award winners, we also encourage all applicants to remain vigilant in their commitment to their programs and supporting community resilience.

Additional information on the Challenge program and a detailed summary of each recipient's project can be found at and .


Last Chance to Register: Campus CERT Webinar Tomorrow

FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) will host a free webinar entitled, “Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on College Campuses” tomorrow from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT . This event serves as the kick-off for ICPD's nationwide Campus CERT promotion and implementation effort, which is designed to increase the number of CERTs at higher education institutions across America.

To register, please visit: .

If you have already registered for this webinar, have registered for a previous webinar or are already a registered HSIN user, login here : .

If you can't make the date or technical difficulties get in the way, you can view a recording of the event in our webinar library .


Get Ready for Hurricane Season with a Free Webinar

As hurricane season nears, now is the time to get prepared. Check out an upcoming free webinar to help get you started.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT , FEMA will hold a free hurricane preparedness webinar ahead of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The webinar will feature innovative ways to engage both inland and coastal communities in hurricane preparedness at the local level. Participants will also hear a from a keynote speaker, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, about his experience with Superstorm Sandy.

To register, please visit:

If you have already registered for this webinar, have registered for a previous webinar or are already a registered HSIN user, login here :


Organize a Virtual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the HandsOn Network and Points of Light will sponsor a nationwide virtual exercise to engage community and volunteer leaders in disaster preparedness. Organize your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to lead a simulated virtual exercise and help increase your communities' preparedness for the next hurricane. Exercises are free and open to the public, so be sure to register today .


Take Action on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

As you get your family and property ready for hurricane season, don't forget to include your pets in your disaster preparedness plans. Tomorrow, May 8, 2013, is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and provides the perfect opportunity to take some time to create or update preparedness plans for your pets.

Stay ahead of hurricane season with these preparedness tips for your pets:

  • Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and identification, which are visible and up-to-date at all times. Be sure to include your cell phone number on your pet's tag.
  • Make a basic disaster kit with enough dry food and water for each pet to last at least five days, with medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and garbage bags to collect pets' waste.
  • Have sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely.

For more information on how to prepare your pets for a disaster, watch this short video or visit or .


Learning from Superstorm Sandy Champions of Change

Last month, the White House honored five New Jersey residents and organizations as “ Champions of Change ” for their exceptional response and recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

The five honorees from New Jersey represented a variety of organizations including the media, educational scholarships, fund-raising apparel, athletic events and financial assistance. “In every disaster there are always individuals who come forward to do extraordinary things,” said Gracia Szczech, Federal Coordinating Officer of the disaster operation in New Jersey.

In all, the program recognized 17 unsung heroes from across the nation for their efforts in implementing innovative, collaborative solutions to meet the unique needs of communities and neighborhoods, as they worked to rebuild after the devastating effects of this disaster.

Interested in inspiring others in your community to prepare too? Get involved today by taking the pledge to prepare . To learn more about this story, click here .


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