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May 28, 2015

2015 National Preparedness Report

Filed under: Preparedness and Response — by Christopher Bellavita on May 28, 2015

The 4th edition of the National Preparedness Report was released on May 28th.  The Report is available at this link: https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report.

Major findings include:

· Recent events, including the epidemic of Ebola virus disease, have highlighted challenges with coordinating the response to and recovery from complex incidents that do not receive Stafford Act declarations.

· Businesses and public-private partnerships are increasingly incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms, such as Internet and social media tools and services.

· Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination are additional core capabilities to sustain, which are capabilities in which the Nation has developed acceptable levels of performance for critical tasks, but which face potential performance declines if not maintained and updated to address new challenges.

· Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction remained national areas for improvement, and Economic Recovery re-emerged as an area for improvement from 2012 and 2013. Access Control and Identity Verification is a newly identified national area for improvement.

· Perspectives from states and territories on their current levels of preparedness were similar to previous years. All 10 core capabilities with the highest self-assessment results in 2012 and 2013 remained in the top-10 for 2014; Cybersecurity continues to be the lowest-rated core capability in state and territory self-assessments.

· While Federal departments and agencies individually assess progress for corrective actions identified during national-level exercises and real-world incidents, challenges remain to comprehensively assess corrective actions with broad implications across the Federal Government.

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10 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 28, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

Thanks Chris for post and link! No self-assessment system should be trusted and that approach is a FEMA policy decision undermining the statutory tasking IMO.

The source of the statutory requirement is PKEMRA 2006 effective March 31, 2007!

These recent reports cite PPD-8 that also contains the mandate.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 29, 2015 @ 7:24 am

Another link to the report:

http://fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/fema/natprep-2015.pdf

A link to PKEMRA 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/fema/pl109-295.pdf

A challenge to ALL:

Can you find any links to articles or books even mentioning these annually required posts or more importantly giving analysis of them or the state of NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS in the U.S.A.?

IMO we are an unprepared NATION-STATE as to our DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS. FAT, DUMB, AND HAPPY?

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Comment by John Comiskey

May 31, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

William,

First, I have recently reviewed the 2012,2013, and 2014 NPRs. I will study the 2015 this week.

The reviews are part of a HLS curriculum assessment.

My question to you and my fellow HLS bloggers is:

Assuming that preparedness is a positive means to help secure the homeland, how does a Nation measure preparedness?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 2, 2015 @ 7:17 am

Well, if we are to measure our preparedness by such reports:

HOMELAND SECURITY
Acting TSA head reassigned after watchdog report reveals airport security failings

We have failed repeatedly and despite billions of dollars and all this political posturing, what a travesty that We, the United States of America cannot even demand competency and accountability from those at TSA from the bottom up to safeguard our travel. How dare you?

Bring on NSA in its full reach for at least we have these Patriots to watchdog against those who seek our demise….we certainly cannot reply on this executive White House or Congress and the Senate on both sides of the aisle w/so many taking their oath in elected office construing such as a path to self-agenda and who knows best, good ‘ol Ms. Hillary and Billy boy who have made it quite clear just where our nation stands far in the distance behind the Clinton Foundation! How dare you?

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 2, 2015 @ 11:11 am

John! To answer your question!

IMO an honest inventory [without any augmentation] of response assets, including:
1. trained personnel;
2. funded personnel;
3. equipment fully maintained and operational;
4. plans tested by full scale exercises;
5. mobilization and augmentation plans, legally binding and fully tested;
6. Ability to maintain ops 24/7 for months;
7. plans in detail for various types of contamination, including detection, monitoring, decontamination and maintenance of access and egress controls;
8. Decisions in advance as to command and control systems, if any;
9. decision support systems in place and fully utilized;
10. Knowing exactly who what when how will show up and why!

Complete understanding of how the military would or could assist civil response and understanding of health preparedness people and systems and capabilities.

I am sure you can do better!

P.S. Where and when is a federal response assured by operation of law?

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 2, 2015 @ 11:13 am

To anser my P.S. question? The federal government has NO repeat NADA legal mandates to respond to a domestic catastrophic disaster or crisis of any kind IMO!

Comment by Citizen Joe

June 2, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions –

How wonderful and such corruption!

Comment by Citizen Joe

June 2, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

How can we have any confidence in our elected officials and our national security when the border to our south remains open and when we such outright corruption and self-serving ways: How dare she compromise America?

Feds alarmed over Hillary’s recordkeeping for 5 years

OVER A 5-YEAR SPAN, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administration voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s recordkeeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents obtained by Fox News.

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 3, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

You cannot take credit for job experience when NO records exist as to what you did and how you did it IMO!

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