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Presidential Policy Directive gives 60-day deadline for US national preparedness goal and national preparedness system implementation plan

President Obama has signed a new Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8) which is aimed at ‘strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters’. 

PPD-8 replaces Homeland Security Presidential Directive-8 (HSPD-8), National Preparedness, issued December 17, 2003, and HSPD-8 Annex I, National Planning, issued December 4, 2007. It requires ‘the development of a national preparedness goal that identifies the core capabilities necessary for preparedness and a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the goal’.

From the date of signing (March 30, 2011)  The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism has 60 days to coordinate the interagency development of an implementation plan for completing the national preparedness goal and national preparedness system.

Read PPD-8.

•Date: 20th April 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

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