The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released the National Response Plan, a “unified and standardized approach within the United States for protecting citizens and managing homeland security incidents” by integrating existing and formerly disparate processes. The plan is intended for use by agencies that may be required to assist or support during a national incident, whether from threats or acts of terrorism, major natural disasters, or man-made emergencies.
The Plan uses the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to establish standardized training, organization, and communications procedures for multi-jurisdictional interaction and clearly identifies authority and leadership responsibilities. Developed in partnership with federal departments and agencies, state, local and tribal officials, private sector and national and international associations, the Plan also provides a comprehensive framework for private and non-profit institutions to plan and integrate their own preparedness and response activities, nationally and within their own communities.
“With the National Response Plan our nation and its federal, state, local, and tribal response communities now have a comprehensive, all-hazards tool for domestic incident management across the spectrum of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. “The complex and emerging threats of the 21st century demand this synchronized and coordinated plan in order to adequately protect our nation and its citizens.”
The National Response Plan fulfills a requirement in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 and provides a core operational plan for all national incident management. When fully implemented, it will supersede the Initial National Response Plan (INRP), the Federal Response Plan (FRP), the U. S. Government Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan (CONPLAN), and the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan (FRERP).
For more information, view the National Response Plan Fact Sheet at DHS. Or, download a PDF copy of the National Response Plan online at http://www.dhs.gov/nationalresponseplan.