FEMA has released its 2019 National Preparedness Report for calendar year 2018, which “summarizes the progress made and challenges that remain in building and sustaining the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats, hazards and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the Nation.” The report looks to address the underlying question: “As a Nation, how prepared are we to face the threats, hazards and incidents of greatest concern?”
The report identifies five “preparedness mission areas” that are the main focus, and provides an overview and major findings within each one. These five “preparedness mission areas” are Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery.
Though the nation overall has made great advances related to preparedness, the National Preparedness Report still seeks ways to evolve for next year, including using more comprehensive data across the mission areas, and addressing newer challenges like cybersecurity.
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Author: Vincent Milano