Monday, August 18, 2014

FEMA Issues Updated National Preparedness Report and National Response Framework

The past two weeks have been busy for FEMA with regard to operational documents. On August 6th, FEMA formally released its 2014 National Preparedness Report. Dated March 30, 2014, the 79-page report serves as an "annual status report on the Nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and more resilient nation." Then on August 13th, FEMA announced release of the 2014 version of the National Response Framework (NRF). To facilitate understanding of the NRF and companion National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), FEMA also announced they will be hosting a series of webinars in the coming weeks. Find below links to these documents and associated websites - all just in time for National Preparedness Month:

(March 30, 2014, FEMA)

(FEMA, August 13, 2014)

Comment: Failing to plan, is planning to fail.  So kudos go out to FEMA for their continued efforts to plan for, and develop, operational structures and procedures that bring organization to the nation's Emergency Services Sector. Importantly for members of the geospatial community, key to effective use of geospatial technologies within this world is understanding mapping efforts need to fit in and respond to these structures and procedures - it's not the other way around.

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