FEMA’s New Strategic Plan Will Develop Resiliency in the Face of Emergency

Planning for infrastructure emergencies and quarterbacking recovery efforts after natural disasters are two mainstays of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This summer, the Agency released its newest Strategic Plan for 2014-2018, which outlines the goals for the organization in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The Plan ambitiously outlines five “Priorities” which will address 16 “Key Outcomes” to foster fiscal efficiency, technological innovation, and community leadership.

Priorities for the Nation’s emergency management team in 2014-2018 are to:

“1. Be survivor-centric in mission and program delivery;
2. Become an expeditionary organization;
3. Posture and build capability for catastrophic disasters;
4. Enable disaster risk reduction nationally; and
5. Strengthen FEMA’s organizational foundation.”

In short, FEMA intends to “do it all” when it comes to preparing the Nation for emergencies and natural disasters, to include managing federal funds, managing public expectations, and managing thousands of volunteers and outside entities that will seamlessly integrate into response actions.

As we have seen in past events such as the Joplin tornado in Missouri or Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, the “whole community inclusive approach” that FEMA has applied since 2011 is successful. By continuing to place more responsibility on local governments to self-organize and manage emergencies, FEMA will build unity and resiliency throughout the U.S. Developing new information-sharing technology and consolidated resources will be at the forefront of the preparedness mission.

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