"In 2003, Homeland Security Presidential Directive-8: National Preparedness (HSPD-8) called for establishing a system that would assess the Nation's overall preparedness and provide an annual status report of national preparedness. Three years later, the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) included requirements to establish a 'comprehensive system to assess, on an ongoing basis, the Nation's prevention capabilities and overall preparedness.' Efforts are now underway to develop such a system: a system that will effectively assess prevention, response, and recovery capabilities at the State, Tribal, and local jurisdictional level, eliminate redundant data calls, reduce the burden on respondents, ensure the collection of meaningful data to guide policy and resource allocation decisions, and ultimately answer the basic question: 'How prepared are we for a major disaster?' The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) within FEMA is charged with developing the Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS). The CAS will, as mandated by PKEMRA 649 (c) (1-4), assess compliance with the national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and other related plans; assess capability levels against target levels; assess resource needs to meet target levels; and assess the performance of training, exercises, and operations. The first CAS survey is scheduled to be released to the stakeholder community in summer 2009."
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