DHS Announces First National Preparedness Goal

Oct 12, 2011 | News & Views, What's New

DHS Announces First National Preparedness Goal

Release Date: October 7, 2011
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

The Goal is the First Deliverable under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8
– Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced the release of
the country’s first-ever National Preparedness Goal. The goal is the
first deliverable required under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8:
National Preparedness, which was released in April 2011. The goal sets
the vision for nationwide preparedness and identifies the core
capabilities and targets necessary to achieve preparedness across five
mission areas laid out under PPD 8: prevention, protection, mitigation,
response and recovery.

“As we work to build a more prepared nation, we
must work with the entire community –the public and private sectors,
faith-based and non-profit organizations, and most importantly the
public,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “This goal recognizes
that reality, and we will continue to work with all our stakeholders to
implement PPD 8 and build a more prepared and resilient nation.”

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announced the
release of the goal at the annual National Emergency Managers
Association (NEMA) Conference in Austin, Texas. The full goal can be found online at

called for the development and maintenance of a National Preparedness
Goal to define the core capabilities necessary to prepare for the
specific types of incidents positing the greatest risk of security to
the nation. This goal builds extensively on prior work of various
stakeholder groups from around the nation, draws upon lessons learned
from large-scale and catastrophic events and represent input from all

As directed by PPD 8, this goal will be reviewed
regularly to ensure consistency with applicable policies, evolving
conditions and the National Incident Management System.

For more information about PPD 8 and its implementation, visit