2020 National Preparedness Report

FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have released the 2020 National Preparedness Report, based on data through December 31, 2019.  The National Preparedness Report (NPR) “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.”

FEMA Administrator, Pete Gaynor, provides a foreword stating, “Through the NPR, FEMA hopes to inspire action by the whole community―including individuals; communities; state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments; the private and non-profit sectors; and the Federal Government―to increase capabilities and make us more resilient, prepared, and ready to address any challenges that we as a Nation may face.”

The report provides an insight into the risks the Nation faces, our response capabilities, and four critical focus areas: “Cascading Impacts, Public-Private Partnerships, Vulnerable Populations, and Housing.”

For a quick overview, we’ve also provided the standalone Executive Summary from the 2020 National Preparedness Report.


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