National Preparedness is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation by preparing for the full range of 21st century risks that threaten national security, including weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks, terrorism, pandemics, transnational threats and catastrophic natural disasters.
The National Preparedness System Description is the second deliverable required under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8: National Preparedness. The National Preparedness System Description concisely describes current efforts and how we will build on those efforts, many of which are established in the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act and other statutes, to build, sustain and deliver the core capabilities needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal.
Specifically, it identifies six components to improve national preparedness for a wide range of threats and hazards, such as acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters. The system description explains how as a nation we will build on current efforts, many of which are already established in the law and have been in use for many years. These six components include:
- Identifying and assessing risks;
- Estimating capability requirements;
- Building or sustaining capabilities;
- Developing and implementing plans to deliver those capabilities;
- Validating and monitoring progress made towards achieving the National Preparedness Goal; and
- Reviewing and updating efforts to promote continuous improvement.
"To assess our preparedness for another disaster, Capella University partnered with leading national public service and public safety organizations, including the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation, and the FBI National Academy Associates to conduct a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 public service and public safety professionals. We wanted to hear directly from those who would be on the front lines of the next crisis."Key findings include:
- 71% believe the United States is better prepared for a terrorist attack today than we were in the days before September 11, 2001.
- 67% think the federal government and our leaders in Washington, DC, are not giving this issue enough attention.
- 66% say their governor and state government leaders are not giving this issue enough attention.
- 69% are worried that the United States will experience another major terrorist attack.
- No Awareness
- Denial / Resistance
- Vague Awareness
- Confirmation / Expansion
- High Level of Community Ownership
Ultimately, the United States National Preparedness System’s ability to succeed, is based upon ensuring the whole community has the opportunity to contribute to its implementation to achieve the goal of a secure and resilient Nation. How often is the private sector the catalyst or the citizens community asking government to participate in their exercise, as opposed to the other way around?