"Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation. With so many people involved and so much at stake, it is important to establish a common preparedness goal. The first edition of the National Preparedness Goal, released in September 2011, set the vision for preparedness nationwide and identified the core capabilities necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas-Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The second edition of the National Preparedness Goal incorporates critical edits identified through real world events, lessons learned and implementation of the National Preparedness System."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/