New Preparedness Report Pinpoints U.S. Strengths and Weaknesses

Emergency Supply Checklist kitThe 5th edition of the National Preparedness Report has evaluated the overall capabilities of the United States. The results: several core capabilities have seen encouraging progress – but a few still need improvement, including two emerging issues that will be familiar to continuity planners.

The report grades the country on 32 core capabilities, such as planning, public information, operational coordination, and public health and emergency medical services, and measures their capabilities in five areas:

  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Mitigation
  • Response, and
  • Recovery.

2015 saw improvements in Planning, Public Health/Healthcare/Emergency Services, and Risk and Disaster Resilience, though the report stresses they need to be maintained and updated regularly to meet rising challenges.

On the other hand, these areas still need work:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Economic Recovery
  • Housing, and
  • Infrastructure Systems.

Because of the severe and rare nature of several events in 2015 – including the largest animal health emergency in the country’s history, a terrorist attack at a facility in San Bernardino, CA, and the worst wildland fire season since at least 1960 – the report also identified two more areas to improve: Natural and Cultural resources, and Supply Chain Integrity and Security.

Click here to read the full report, and in-focus findings broken down by evaluation type.

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