RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. has increased its preparedness for external threats and national and technological hazards, according to the 2012 National Preparedness Report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"The report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery," according to a FEMA posting on its website. "Overall the report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities."
The report focuses on five mission areas -- prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery -- and includes 31 core capabilities essential to preparedness. The report assesses each of the capabilities.
offers an assessment of each of these 31 core capabilities.
The report was prepared with help from federal and state agencies, local governments, and private nonprofit groups. It notes that operational coordination has improved among all parties involved in preparing for and responding to incidents.
FEMA's report is available at www.fema.gov/ppd8