Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, requires an annual National Preparedness Report (NPR) that summarizes national progress in building, sustaining and delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal. The 2012 NPR highlighted preparedness accomplishments in the decade since the September 11, 2001 attacks and the 2013 NPR focuses on accomplishments either achieved or reported on during 2012. The 2013 NPR presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress that whole community partners—including all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals—have made in strengthening national preparedness and to identify where preparedness gaps remain.
In 2012 the nation faced a diverse set of threats and hazards that challenged collective security and resilience and confirmed the need to enhance preparedness. Key events including disruptions of potential terrorist attacks; responses to wildfires, hurricanes and mass shootings; and ongoing management of several long-term recovery efforts required activating capabilities across the five mission areas outlined in the Goal—Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. Of particular note was Hurricane Sandy which highlighted strengths in the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters and illustrated challenges with the federal government’s ability to meet survivor needs when surging resources into the field during disaster response.