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All-hazards readiness in the United States Learning to communicate and build a culture of preparedness David Passey Senior Representative U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency 25 June 2008
Comparison of Weather Events Average Per Year
Disaster Response Most disasters are handled by Local and State governments LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN THE RESPONSE LOCAL STATE REGIONAL NATIONAL NUMBER OF INCIDENTS SEVERITY AND MAGNITUDE OF DISASTER
Emergency Support Functions ESF 1 – Transportation ESF 2 – Communications ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering ESF 4 – Firefighting ESF 5 – Emergency Management ESF 6 – Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services ESF 7 – Resource Support ESF 8 – Public Health and Medical Services ESF 9 – Urban Search and Rescue ESF 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials Response ESF 11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources ESF 12 – Energy ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security ESF 14 – Long-Term Community Recovery ESF 15 – External Affairs
Learning to Communicate Interoperable equipment On-site cooperation Common language and structure Credentialing and typing NRF State & Tribal Governments Local Governments Federal Government Private Sector & NGO
6 Inclusive Partnership An effective, unified national response requires layered mutually supporting capabilities States, Territories, and Tribal Nations have primary responsibility Local leaders build foundation for response Resilient communities begin with prepared individuals and families Private sector can protect critical infrastructure, restore commercial activity and influence recovery NGOs perform vital service missions Federal government supports with wide array of capabilities and resources
7 On-line NRF Resource Center http://www.fema.gov/nrf
Credentialing and typing Accepted standards and common terms People: Job descriptions Task lists and assessments Personnel records Equipment and Teams: Consistent terms and functions
Creating a Culture of Preparedness Promote individual and family readiness Integrate military and civilian resources Conduct gap analyses and catastrophic plans Update public alert and warning systems Connect preparedness and response
Culture of Preparedness Deliberate civilian-military planning Catastrophic disaster plans Gap analyses National Exercise Program
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