Subject guide: emergency management doctrine (Department of Homeland Security)

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This web page highlights doctrinal materials from the Department of Homeland Security.

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

National Infrastructure Protection Plan

Summary: The overarching goal of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) (PDF, 4.5 Mb) is to Build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our nation’s CIKR and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency. The NIPP provides the unifying structure for the integration of existing and future CIKR protection efforts and resiliency strategies into a single national program to achieve this goal.

National Cyber Incident Response Plan, Interim Version, September 2010

Summary: The purpose of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (PDF, 2.9 Mb) is to establish the strategic framework for organizational roles, responsibilities, and actions to prepare for, respond to, and begin to coordinate recovery from a cyber incident. It ties various policies and doctrine together into a single tailored, strategic, cyber-specific plan designed to assist with operational execution, planning, and preparedness activities and to guide short-term recovery efforts.

Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future

Summary: The Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future (PDF, ) builds on the Department of Homeland Security Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report's strategic framework by providing a clear path to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment for the homeland security enterprise. With this guide, stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, and our international partners can work together to develop the cyber security capabilities that are key to our economy, national security, and public health and safety. The Blueprint describes two areas of action: Protecting our Critical Information Infrastructure Today and Building a Stronger Cyber Ecosystem for Tomorrow.

DHS Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Summary: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016 (PDF, ) presents the Department’s goals, derived from the conclusions of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) and the Bottom-Up Review (BUR). The goals include objectives and key performance indicators that are essential for implementation and execution of the Department’s responsibilities.

Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15) - External Affairs

Summary: ESF 15 (PDF, 1.4 Mb) ensures that sufficient Federal assets are deployed to the field during incidents requiring a coordinated Federal response to provide accurate, coordinated, timely, and accessible information to affected audiences, including governments, media, the private sector, and the local populace, including the special needs population. ESF 15 provides the resource support and mechanisms to implement the National Response Framework (NRF) Incident Communications Emergency Policy and Procedures (ICEPP) described in the Public Affairs Support Annex.

Overview of the National Planning Frameworks

The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. They describe the coordinating structures and alignment of key roles and responsibilities for the whole community and are integrated to ensure interoperability across all mission areas. The frameworks address the roles of individuals; nonprofit entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); the private sector; communities; critical infrastructure; governments; and the Nation as a whole. This document is comprised primarily of excerpts from the National Planning Frameworks and presents a high-level introduction to each framework, as well as the key themes identified across the frameworks. The mission areas represent a spectrum of activity. They are highly interdependent and there is regular coordination among departments and agencies working prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all threats and hazards.