, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities

, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities

Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the NPR summarizes national progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal (“the Goal”). The NPR is considered “a baseline evaluation of the progress made to date toward building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities described in the Goal” (DHS, 2012). The report analyzes all 31 core capabilities and assesses each for successes and weaknesses.

Along with the NPR, DHS developed a website that is used to track any weaknesses from a particular response (https://www.llis.dhs.gov). This site includes many documents, mitigation best practices, knowledge base and the core capabilities initiative. When you review the core capabilities section, it is evident that the National Preparedness Report was created to “Strengthening Communities Through Shared Knowledge” (DHS, 2014).

From all perspectives the National Response Plan and Lessons Learned website were developed to increase the overall success while responding to any event. The ability to measure success and weakness, while also providing a forum to disseminate critical information and learn from it is a tremendous resource for communities across the Nation.

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8)

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-8, which went into effect 30 March, 2011, directed the development of a National Preparedness Goal, which is “a secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk” (National Preparedness Goal, 2011). Additionally, PPD-8 also directs an annual National Preparedness Report (PPD-8, 2011). This annual National Preparedness Report is basically structured from the National Preparedness Goal, to include the five identified mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. Each mission area contains core capabilities which relate to one or more specific mission areas. Additionally, within the National Preparedness Goal, there are three core capabilities (Planning, Public Information and Warning, and Operational Coordination) which are considered common core capabilities and are included in all five mission areas (National Preparedness Goal, 2011).

Department of Homeland Security. (2012, March 30). National Preparedness Report. Washington D.C.

Department of Homeland Security. (2014, January 14). Lessons Learned Information Sharing LLS.gov. Retrieved from https//www.llisdhs.gov
, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities