National Preparedness System Description Announced by FEMA

Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA recently announced the next step to be taken regarding the Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness. That next step in FEMA’s ongoing efforts to improve levels of preparedness against a wide range of threats and hazards, such as acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters, was to release a description of the National Preparedness System. FEMA recognizes that the nation will be most prepared for threats and hazards when we work together, and to that point the National Preparedness System has now outlined in … [Read more...]

Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force Report Released by HSPI

In response to the recent disasters in the U.S. and Japan and the release of Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness (PPD-8), the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) today released the Interim Report of its Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force. While, the report urges policymakers in Washington to develop a shared—and actionable—vision of resilience, the report also includes information that would help organizations, communities and individuals to be better prepared for the unexpected. The Interim Report represents the first … [Read more...]

Is PPD-8 Re-Creating the Wheel in Terms of Preparedness Policy?

Earlier this month this website published a posting regarding the April 8th release of the Obama Administration's Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), and if you are on a committee or team in your organization which is evaluating or in fact implementing a preparedness directive such as a PS-Prep program; a workforce resilience study, or a business continuity plan to meet supply chain requirements, then adding this PPD-8 as a reference reading resource might be a good idea. If you have already done that or perhaps already read this PPD-8 directive, we would be very interested in hearing … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness Plan (PPD-8) Issued by White House

Please join the Homeland Security Policy Institute for a discussion about Presidential Policy Directive - 8: National Preparedness, featuring Brian Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff. President Barack Obama signed a new Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness last week and the Directive will be publicly released at this event. The new policy outlines the President's vision for strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for threats to the security of the Nation, including … [Read more...]