"Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation. The whole community contributes, beginning with individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments (local, regional/metropolitan, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal). This second edition of the National Preparedness Goal reflects the insights and lessons learned from four years of real world events and implementation of the National Preparedness System. We describe our security and resilience posture through the core capabilities (see Table 1) that are necessary to deal with the risks we face. We use an integrated, layered, and all-of-Nation approach as our foundation for building and sustaining core capabilities and preparing to deliver them effectively. The National Preparedness Goal is: 'A secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.'"
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