Alternate Title: NSD 66: Civil Defense
National Security Directive (NSD) 66 "reiterates the need and importance of a civil defense program in aiding a national response to a variety of disasters or threats. The directive also mandates that the civil defense program will support the national all hazards plan by: recognizing the authority of states in providing for the safety of their citizens; serving as a intermediary between states and the federal government in terms of hazard response and planning; working with state and local governments to ensure appropriate use of preparedness funds; creating a civil defense infrastructure that can be mobilized to respond to national level emergencies; utilize all appropriate and willing resources and government agencies. FEMA is put in charge of the managing and implementation of the civil defense program, under the guidance of the National Security Council. The directive mandates that the implementation of the civil defense program should include: population protection, crisis management, citizen awareness of threats, business and industry awareness of threats, and voluntary participation of citizens in threat awareness, survivor sustainability, definition and assessment of base response capabilities, and civil defense mobilization. The directive concludes by stating that federal aid will only be distributed in situations where states and localities are unable to deal with the disasters."
NSD 66; National Security Directive 66
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