"The President directed the development of a National Preparedness Goal (or Goal) in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-8. The Goal reorients how the Federal government proposes to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. The Goal establishes a vision, capabilities, and priorities for national preparedness. It should be utilized in conjunction with the three capabilities-based planning tools referenced in the Goal: the National Planning Scenarios, Universal Task List (UTL), and Target Capabilities List (TCL). Development of the Goal and the planning tools involved extensive coordination with other Federal departments and agencies and consultation with State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. These documents are not micro-level plans that tell officials how to execute their assigned missions. They do not impose a specific array of assets on each community, or a specific funding formula on each program. Rather, these documents identify core capabilities we want to achieve and sustain as a Nation and therefore, will transform how the Federal government proposes to invest homeland security funding in order to achieve the highest possible readiness."
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