"The National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, Office of Science and Technology Policy staff recognized the need for a common forum where Federal agencies responsible for developing and advancing science and technology and agencies responsible for deploying capabilities to ensure the Nation is prepared for all-hazards could coordinate their respective activities to meet common objectives. The National Preparedness Science and Technology Task Force was chartered to provide this forum where the Federal science and technology community and National Preparedness community can come together to openly assess progress toward meeting preparedness goals and identify opportunities for science and technology to ensure the Nation is prepared for future incidents. [...] This report presents the results of the Task Force's efforts to identify ways S&T [Science & Technology] enhances preparedness capabilities for all hazards and promising paths forward for improved preparedness, in fulfillment of the two charter functions presented above. The process is intended as a first step toward increased coordination and collaboration between scientists and decision makers and emergency managers. The report is intended to inform the policy development process and is not intended as a budget document."
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