The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is inviting public comments on the “foundational concepts” of its recently released Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) on National Preparedness, and more specifically on the draft National Preparedness Goal (NPG) now in development.
PPD-8 specifically mandates the development of “a national preparedness goal that identifies the core capabilities necessary for preparedness and a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the goal. The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.”
Keeping up the brisk pace of deadlines outlined in the PPD-8 Implementation Plan, FEMA will take comments regarding the NPG on a specially configured website only until noon on September 2. The first edition of the NPG is expeced to hit the President’s desk by September 25. An initial description of the National Preparedness System is due by November 24.
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