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Capabilties Planning Overview

HSPD-8 in Context


NIMS

The NIMS provides a consistent framework for entities at all jurisdictional levels to work together to manage domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. To promote interoperability and compatibility, NIMS includes a core set of guidelines, standards, and protocols for command and management, preparedness, resource management, communications and information management, supporting technologies, and management and maintenance of NIMS.

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NRP

The NRP, using the template established by the NIMS, is an all-discipline, all-hazards plan that provides the structure and mechanisms to coordinate operations for evolving or potential Incidents of National Significance. Incidents of National Significance are major events that require a coordinated and effective response by an appropriate combination of Federal, State, local, tribal, private sector, and nongovernmental entities.

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Interim NIPP

The Interim NIPP provides the mechanism for establishing a dynamic, integrated, National Critical Infrastructure Protection Program that reduces vulnerability of critical infrastructure/key resources (CI/KR) to terrorist attacks through identification of CI/KR threats and assets, assessment and prioritization of CI/KR vulnerabilities, and the development and implementation of protection programs. The Interim NIPP is based upon a risk management framework that takes into account threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences when prioritizing CI/KR protection activities. It provides an integrated, comprehensive approach to addressing physical, cyber, and human threats and vulnerabilities to address the full range of risks to the Nation.

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National Preparedness Goal

The National Preparedness Goal establishes readiness priorities, targets, and metrics. It enables the Nation to answer two key questions: “How prepared do we need to be?” and “How prepared are we?” The National Preparedness Goal also includes seven national priorities. The national priorities are: Implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP), Expanded Regional Collaboration, Implement the Interim National Infrastructure Protection Plan, Strengthen Information Sharing and Collaboration Capabilities, Strengthen Interoperable Communications Capabilities, Strengthen CBRNE Detection, Response and Decontamination Capabilities, and Strengthen Medical Surge and Mass Prophylaxis Capabilities.

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National Planning Scenarios

Fifteen National Planning Scenarios highlight a plausible range of major events such as terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies, that pose the greatest risk to the Nation. The scenarios are not intended to be exhaustive or predictive. Nor do they do address every possible situation, but in combination, they illustrate the tasks and capabilities required to respond to a wide range of major events. The National Planning Scenarios should be used by entities at all levels of government as a reference to help identify the critical tasks and capabilities that would be required from all sources in a coordinated national effort to manage major events.

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Universal Task List

The Universal Task List (UTL) is a useful planning reference: a comprehensive menu of tasks that may be performed in major events illustrated by the National Planning Scenarios. The UTL describes “what” tasks need to be performed. Federal, State, local, and tribal entities reserve the flexibility to determine “who” needs to perform them and “how” to perform them. While no single jurisdiction or agency is expected to be able to perform all of the tasks, it is expected that tasks will be chosen based on specific roles, missions, and functions. The UTL should be used by entities at all levels of government as a reference to help them plan, organize, equip, train, exercise, and evaluate personnel for the critical tasks that they may need to perform in major events that could occur across town or across the Nation. Both the UTL and TCL are considered “living” documents that will continue to be refined over time.

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Target Capailities List

The Target Capabilities List (TCL) provides guidance on the specific capabilities and levels of capability that Federal, State, local, and tribal entities will be expected to develop and maintain. A capability may be delivered with any combination of properly planned, organized, equipped, trained, and exercised personnel that achieves the outcome. The TCL is designed to assist jurisdictions and agencies in understanding and defining their respective roles in a major event, the capabilities required to perform a specified set of tasks, and where to obtain additional resources if needed.

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