The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Future of Disaster Response

Federal Emergency Management Agency logo The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the report Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. Strategic Foresight Initiative FEMA recognizes the emergency management community will face challenges in the future that a far different from what the community is confronted with today. To meet the challenges of the future FEMA established the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). "This initiative has brought together a wide cross-section of the emergency management community to explore key future issues, trends and other factors, and to work through their implications. Working collaboratively and with urgency, we are beginning to understand the full range of changes we could encounter and the nature of our future needs; and we can begin to execute a shared agenda for action." "This report presents the findings from foresight efforts thus far, including: uncertainties that define and drive the future environment; strategic needs and gaps our community will have to address; a look into the emergency management community of 2030; and finally, suggested next steps for the community to prepare for the future. The strategic needs in particular – grouped into Essential Capabilities, Innovative Models and Tools, and Dynamic Partnerships – are intended as a catalyst for leaders throughout the emergency management community to prepare themselves and the Nation for the challenges and opportunities the future holds."