National Preparedness: FEMA Has Made Progress, But Needs to Complete and Integrate Planning, Exercise, and Assessment Efforts
Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive disaster in our nation's history, highlighted gaps in preparedness for a catastrophic disaster. FEMA is the lead fed. agency responsible for developing a national preparedness system. The system includes policies and plans as well as exercises and assessments of capabilities across many public and private entities. This report assesses the extent to which FEMA has: (1) developed policies and plans that define roles and responsibilities; (2) implemented the National Exercise Program, a key tool for examining preparedness; (3) developed a national capabilities assessment; and (4) developed a strategic plan that integrates these elements of the preparedness system. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.
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