Plan and Prepare for Disasters: September is National Preparedness Month

Plan and Prepare for Disasters
Preparedness is defined by DHS/FEMA as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.” This cycle is one element of a broader National Preparedness System to prevent, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other disasters.

National Preparedness leads the nation’s efforts to enhance preparedness through a comprehensive cycle of planning, organizing and equipping, training, exercising, evaluating, and improvement planning.

Learn more about FEMA’s preparedness efforts. Information regarding FEMA’s national preparedness policies and doctrine are highlighted below.

National Preparedness Goal
National Preparedness System Description
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Center
National Response Framework Resource Center
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

If you cannot find the document you are looking for, please go to FEMA’s document library and enter the key search terms and choose “policy” and/or “doctrine” from the subject.

Supporting efforts for Harvey: The compassion of the American people is already evident in their response to the destruction the storm has caused. People can help by visiting to donate or volunteer with the voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in south Texas supporting survivors, even as the rain and wind continue.

Welcome to National Preparedness

Online Course Catalog

The National Preparedness online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED). If you have any questions or comments please contact EMI at


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