On March 30, 2011, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness. Much like what has been done for response efforts through the National Response Framework, PPD-8 requires release of a series of documents that will bring better definition and structure to the nation's preparedness efforts. To date, three main documents, and a variety of materials supporting them, have been released:
- September 23, 2011: The National Disaster Recovery Framework
- September 30, 2011: The National Preparedness Goal
- December 6, 2011: The National Preparedness System Description
To learn more and read these documents and supporting materials, go to FEMA's home page for PPD-8, located here.
Comment: As part of the above efforts, in November FEMA released its Think Tank as a way to directly engage the public. Currently, the number one suggestion posted on the Think Tank was offered by this author: U.S. National Grid as the Response Language of Location. Please keep the votes coming in for this one so the issue receives the attention it deserves! (The process of voting is quick and easy as related here.)