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Interim national preparedness goal

Interim National Preparedness Goal

Update Brief for Emergency Management Higher Education Conference

June 9, 2005

What is the national preparedness goal
What is the National Preparedness Goal?

  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8) on National Preparedness calls for a domestic all-hazards preparedness goal that establishes:

    • Measurable readiness priorities and targets

    • Standards for preparedness assessments and strategies

    • A system for assessing the Nation’s overall level of preparedness

  • The purpose of the National Preparedness Goal is to focus efforts to establish a unified, risk-based, national approach to prepare for major events – or Incidents of National Significance

  • The Interim Goal was published on March 31; a Final Goal, with target levels of capability, will be released in October 2005

Benefits for the nation
Benefits for the Nation

  • An opportunity for all stakeholders to help shape the system

  • A consistent process for prioritizing needs and allocating resources based on risk – that we can use to consolidate and streamline the existing processes

  • Better answers to the fundamental questions: “How prepared do we need to be?” “How prepared are we?” “How do we prioritize efforts to close the gap?”

The vision
The Vision

To engage Federal, State, local, and tribal entities, their private and non-governmental partners, and the general public to achieve and sustain risk-based target levels of capability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major events in order to minimize the impact on lives, property, and the economy.

Capabilities based planning
Capabilities-Based Planning


The National Planning Scenarios highlight the scope, magnitude, and complexity of plausible catastrophic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies


The Universal Task List (UTL) provides a menu of tasks from all sources that may be performed in major events such as those illustrated by the National Planning Scenarios


The Target Capabilities List (TCL) provides guidance on specific capabilities and levels of capability that Federal, State, local, and tribal entities will be expected to develop and maintain

  • 36 Capability Summaries

  • Description, Outcome, ESF/Annex, Associated Critical Tasks, Measures, Capability Elements, Linked Capabilities, Event Conditions, References

  • Tailored to levels of government based on assigned roles and responsibilities

  • Tailored to Tiers or groups of jurisdictions based on risk factors

  • 15 Scenarios

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive, Food and Agricultural, and Cyber Terrorism

  • Natural Disasters

  • Pandemic Influenza

  • Prevention

  • Protection

  • Response

  • Recovery

The target capabilities list
The Target Capabilities List



Interoperable Communications

Prevent Mission Area

Information Collection and Threat Detection

Intelligence Fusion and Analysis

Information Sharing and Collaboration

Terrorism Investigation and Apprehension

CBRNE Detection

Protect Mission Area

Risk Analysis

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Food and Agriculture Safety and Defense

Public Health Epidemiological Investigation and Testing

Citizen Preparedness and Participation

Respond Mission Area

On-Site Incident Management

Emergency Operations Center Management

Critical Resource Logistics and Distribution

Volunteer Management and Donations

Worker Health and Safety

Public Safety and Security Response

Respond Mission Area (cont)

Firefighting Operations/Support

WMD/Hazardous Material Response and Decontamination

Explosive Device Response Operations

Animal Health Emergency Support

Environmental Health and Vector Control

Citizen Protection: Evacuation and/or In-Place Protection

Isolation and Quarantine

Search and Rescue

Emergency Public Information and Warning

Triage and Pre-Hospital Treatment

Medical Surge

Medical Supplies Management and Distribution

Mass Prophylaxis

Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, and Related Services)

Fatality Management

Recover Mission Area

Structural Damage Assessment and Mitigation

Restoration of Lifelines

Economic and Community Recovery

Target capabilities list development
Target Capabilities List Development

  • DHS held the National Capabilities Workshop I June 2-3 to begin the process of setting target levels of capability

    • Attended by representatives from Federal agencies, States, and key national associations

  • 17 workgroups were established to refine the 36 capabilities over the next two months; these workgroups will:

    • Define national target level

    • Develop strategies for applying the capability requirements to a large-scale incident

    • Apportion responsibility for building and maintaining capabilities

  • The National Capabilities Workshop II will be held in August; target levels of capability will be set by DHS in October 2005

National priorities
National Priorities

Overarching Priorities

  • Implement the NIMS and NRP

  • Expand Regional Collaboration

  • Implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan

    Capability-Specific Priorities

  • Strengthen Information Sharing and Collaboration Capabilities

  • Strengthen Interoperable Communications Capabilities

  • Strengthen CBRNE Detection, Response, and Decontamination Capabilities

  • Strengthen Medical Surge and Mass Prophylaxis Capabilities

National preparedness guidance
National Preparedness Guidance

  • DHS developed the Guidance with input from Federal, State, local, tribal, private sector, and non-governmental entities

  • The Guidance supplements – not supplants – other Federal guidance

  • The Guidance describes:

    • The 10-step national process for Capabilities-Based Planning, to define and achieve target levels of capability and assess preparedness from the local to the national level

    • Existing program efforts that support the seven national priorities and linked capabilities from the Target Capabilities List (TCL)

    • A schedule of activities to update State and Urban Area preparedness assessments and strategies – with Federal assistance

  • National Preparedness Guidance was distributed in April 2005 and is available at

Interim national preparedness goal

Next Steps

  • The Department of Homeland Security will dispatch HSPD-8 Mobile Implementation Training Teams to visit Governors and other senior officials throughout the Summer

  • Information, guidance, and technical assistance will be available through appropriate grant programs

  • Target capability levels and a Final National Preparedness Goal will be released in October 2005

  • States and Urban Areas will update and submit State and Urban Area homeland security strategies by September 30, 2005

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Where To Go For More Information

  • HSPD-8 information page on the web:

  • ODP Secure Portal:

  • Lessons Learned Information Sharing system

  • Questions and Feedback

    On UTL and TCL:

    Other HSPD-8 issues: