In a report that evaluates national preparedness, infrastructure and public-private partnerships were called out as areas for improvement.
“The nation has made important progress in the national areas for improvement identified in the 2012 NPR-Cybersecurity, Recovery-focused core capabilities and integration of individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs-but challenges remain. Enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public-private partnerships are newly identified national areas for improvement,” according to FEMA’s website.
FEMA and its partners released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR) on Wednesday. The NPR is an annual status report on the nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The report was developed to meet the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness. PPD-8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters.
The report summarizes national progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal. The 2012 NPR highlighted preparedness accomplishments in the decade since the September 11, 2001 attacks and the 2013 NPR focuses on accomplishments either achieved or reported on during 2012. The 2013 NPR presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress that whole community partners-including all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals-have made in strengthening national preparedness and to identify where preparedness gaps remain.
Read it for yourself! Download the report here: 2013 National Preparedness Report.