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Citation Edit

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8): National Preparedness (Dec. 2003) (full-text).

Overview Edit

HSPD-8 was issued with the purpose of establishing policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal, establishing mechanisms for improved delivery of federal preparedness assistance to state and local governments, and outlining actions to strengthen preparedness capabilities of federal, state, and local entities.

HSPD-8 mandates the development of a national preparedness goal, which was finalized in the National Preparedness Guidelines, aimed at helping entities at all levels of government build and maintain the capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major events “to minimize the impact on lives, property, and the economy.”

Annex 1 (December 2007) Edit

This Annex to HSPD-8 (full-text) established a standard and comprehensive approach to national planning intended to enhance the preparedness of the United States. The annex articulated the U.S. Government policy

to integrate effective policy and operational objectives to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards, and comprises: (a) a standardized Federal planning process; (b) national planning doctrine; (c) resourced operational and tactical capabilities at each Federal department and agency with a role in homeland security; (d) strategic guidance, strategic plans, concepts of operations, and operations plans and, as appropriate, tactical plans; and (e) a system for integrating plans among all levels of government.

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