FEMA releases 2014 National Preparedness Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released on Wednesday its 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR).

The report provides a status update on U.S. progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal. Overall, the study found that the U.S. continues to make improvements in preparedness, but identified areas where progress could be made, especially in building resilience and reducing long-term vulnerability.

The FEMA analysis specifically noted interdiction and disruption, operational communications and public health and medical services as some of the areas where the U.S. continues to make progress. The NPR said that ongoing sustainment of those capabilities is needed to meet future needs.

Opportunities for improvement include cybersecurity, health and social services, infrastructure systems and housing. Ongoing initiatives could enable continued progress in those areas, according to the NPR.

The NPR said major events, including Superstorm Sandy and the 2012-2013 drought, served as catalysts for a change in national preparedness programs. The report drew a link between post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster mitigation effort.

The report also said that opportunities remain for federal agencies and tribal nations to increase cooperation.

FEMA developed the NPR in close coordination with leaders from other federal partner along with input from local, state, tribal and territorial governments.