FEMA Releases Updated National Planning Frameworks

Details from FEMA:

Today, FEMA and its partners released the updated National Planning Frameworks for each mission area: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal of building a secure and resilient nation.
The Frameworks present a paradigm shift in the way we approach preparedness through a risk-driven, capabilities-based approach. Historically, preparedness was considered a separate, distinct mission area; but now the Frameworks address national preparedness as a whole, through the core capabilities that compose the five mission areas.

National preparedness is a shared responsibility—everyone has a role to play to ensure that our nation can address its greatest risks. FEMA supports the mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events and emergencies. The Frameworks do this by creating a shared understanding about how we, as a nation, coordinate, share information, and work together to achieve our missions, as well as define our roles and responsibilities from the fire house to the White House.

Recognizing the need for an all-of-Nation approach to preparedness, and an open and transparent government, input was gathered from the public, stakeholders and all levels of government. FEMA received thousands of comments during the various review and comment periods. As a result, the Frameworks offer practical, real-life examples of things people are doing to keep our nation safe and resilient.

The updated National Planning Frameworks also incorporate critical edits from the National Preparedness Goal refresh, including updated core capabilities, lessons learned from real world events and continuing implementation of the National Preparedness System, including an increased emphasis on cyber threats, and updates on the roles and responsibilities of coordinating structures in each mission area. The updated Frameworks also align with new policies and directives, such as PPD-21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and EO 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

FEMA is hosting a series of engagement webinars to highlight key changes to the Frameworks and to answer questions participants may have. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations and all governments.
For a copy of the document, summary of changes, and webinar registration information visit: http://www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks. For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.

See also the comments from readers that follow this announcement from FEMA.

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2 Responses to FEMA Releases Updated National Planning Frameworks

  1. Vicki Campbell says:

    Notice of this release and updates is much appreciated, but reading through it was depressing. The profession that I got my MPA in, for all intents and purposes, simply doesn’t exist anymore. The wholly militaristic, ideologically drenched framing of almost every aspect of emergency management is fairly foreign if not alienating to many if not most Americans, and as such is considerably less conducive to the notion of an “all-of-nation” or “whole community” approach to EM, or much of anything else, than what came before. Instead of the much clearer, more distinct framework of obvious, intuitive functions directly evocative of and connected to equally obvious intuitive actions, accessible to the whole community, we now have “missions,” (apparently all of us), and an oblique, convoluted, and ridiculously repetitive laundry list of “capabilities” that are now the core focus and priority of EM – all brought to us by a deeply military mindset that can only conceptualize or do things their way, and that seems perpetually incapable of seeing beyond itself. A lot of far more accomplished EM professionals than I tried hard to stop it, but here we are. Some aspects of some of the “frameworks” are useful, and the FNSS materials and guidance in particular are a very welcome (and long overdue) addition, but for the purposes of managing the overwhelming majority of disasters experienced in our communities, the overarching new paradigm more often than not feels like little more than a warped, smudgy, blurred, and unnecessarily cumbersome substitute for its far more conceptually and procedurally clear, sound, useful self.

  2. Avagene Moore says:

    I read the post about the national planning frameworks. I had a knee-jerk reaction when I read Recognizing the need for an all-of-Nation approach to preparedness, and an open and transparent government, input was gathered …. . I agree to both needs but we have been talking about national preparedness for years – is there anything more to it than something on paper? Yes, there is a desperate need for an open and transparent government – that doesn’t exist at all in my opinion.

    The next sentence says that now “….the Frameworks offer practical, real-life examples of things people are doing to keep our nation safe and resilient.” I have to see this. Fair or not, I personally believe reading all the frameworks would be unbelievably dry and boring because that is just the way FEMA stuff reads. I feel I can say that because I have written a lot of that bureaucratic type stuff in my former life. However, I may sit in on a webinar to see if there is truth in the claim that value has been added in the form of what real-life people are doing via the input from around the country. Do I sound jaded? I readily admit I am.

    If interested, there are five dates given for Webinars starting on June 21; see link in the Diva’s posting.

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