Business continuity planning teams know that the best risk mitigation effort against any threat to their organization works best when top management plays a leadership role in directing a balanced representation from the total organization to develop and implement appropriate defense strategies against any potential threats or disruptive events from happening to their organization.

In a similar fashion, our government has instituted the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) system of communication and leadership so as to direct and guide our Nation in its efforts to be prepared to address those risks and threats facing our Nation. 

That PPD Directive calls for development and maintenance of a National Preparedness Goal defining the core capabilities necessary to prepare for the specific types of incidents posing the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.

DHS/FEMA just announced the release of the first edition of The National Preparedness Goal — which also happens to be the first deliverable called for by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8.  The document was signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security on September 23, 2011.

Click here to download The National Preparedness Goal document, and share it with your family members, your community and your fellow workers.

If you want to read more about the Presidential Policy Directive program, click here.

In particular, this document should be added to the reading resource libraries of risk management and business continuity team leaders in your organization as well as those members of your PS-Prep strategy planning team.

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