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New FEMA Report Summarizes State of National Preparedness

Posted: Jan. 5, 2023

The report covers national risks, capability trends and steps to address capability gaps.

FEMA's 2022 National Preparedness Report (NPR) PDF summarizes the state of national preparedness to help support U.S. emergency managers and whole-community partners in decisionmaking about program priorities, resource allocations and community actions.

This report covers:

  • Prevalent national risks, such as cyberattacks and climate change.
  • Capability trends across Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review reporting communities.
  • Management opportunities that outline steps to assist communities in managing risks and addressing capability gaps.

Some specific findings include:

  • 92% of communities identified at least 1 natural hazard associated with climate change as being most stressful to emergency management.
  • The nation overall has the lowest capability in the Body Recovery/Storage and Medical Care target areas, indicating potentially inadequate preparation to meet these needs in response to a catastrophic disaster.
  • Factors such as poverty, lack of access to transportation, and over-capacity housing occupancy continue to weaken the ability of individuals and communities to prevent injury, death and financial loss in a disaster.

The 2022 NPR covers calendar year 2021 and builds on content from previous NPRs.

This article is based on content in the
Jan. 5, 2023 InfoGram.

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