“Leaning Forward: Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast, Be Smart”: FEMA for the Future

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In addition to a report of its activities for the previous year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a document detailing its short and long-term vision. Entitled “2012 The State of FEMA” , this is a new product in FEMA’s march toward a National Preparedness Goal. FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate summarized the agency’s recent work, current tasks and future plans as follows: “In 2011, FEMA responded to more disasters than any year in its history. The variety and magnitude of each event tested our capabilities, as well as the capabilities of communities across the country. While no one hopes to face the same volume of disasters in the coming years, it is imperative that we plan accordingly and continue to evaluate our strategic and operational approaches to serving the American public. Moving forward in 2012, we will continue to focus on our strategic priorities. We will build on the progress made over the past two years and continue to foster a whole community approach to emergency management. With the completion of our allhazards plans and National Disaster Recovery Framework, development of a National Mass Care Strategy, and implementing the FEMA Qualification System, we’re strengthening the nation’s capacity to respond to and recover from catastrophic events. […] Projecting further, the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request focuses on achieving success in one of DHS’ core missions: ensuring domestic resilience to disasters. As such, we place a strong emphasis on funding the key programs that help to ensure that as a nation we will effectively and rapidly respond to and recover from a variety of disasters.”

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