The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week publication of two important tools to organize and synchronize national efforts to strengthen preparedness:
- The National Preparedness Guidelines, which establish a vision for national preparedness and provide a systematic approach for prioritizing preparedness efforts across the nation.
- The Target Capabilities List (included in the Guidelines), which describes the collective national capabilities required to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
Publication of the guidelines and the Target Capabilities List fulfills a major component of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, "National Preparedness," and establishes a framework for understanding what it means for the nation to be prepared for all hazards.
For the Guidelines, seehttp://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/National_Preparedness_Guidelines.pdf