Developing Capabilities-Based Emergency Management

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security has released the 2019 National Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) report as part of requirements for the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act of 2018. The purpose of this assessment was to identify the threats and hazards that pose the greatest challenge to the Nation, evaluate the risk these hazards present, and recognize the capabilities necessary to manage and mitigate those threats during an event.

THIRA comes as part of the Nation’s transition to capabilities-based emergency management in which the five core capabilities are applied: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. It specifically explains the process of developing a capabilities-based framework for emergency management agencies to model, which will encourage more effective intercommunication between agencies during an incident.


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