2015 Federal Interagency Operational Plans Update

The Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs), one for each preparedness mission area, describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities. Each Federal Interagency Operational Plans outlines the concept of operations for integrating and synchronizing existing national-level Federal capabilities to support local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal plans. The Federal Interagency Operational Plans are also designed to provide state, local, tribal, territorial, and insular area planners an understanding of how the Federal Government will function in its response, so that they may develop or modify plans to bolster an integrated and whole community effort to make the collective response stronger and more effective.

The Federal Interagency Operational Plans are reviewed regularly to ensure consistency with new policies, lessons learned, real world events, and the results of the annual National Preparedness Report. FEMA and its Federal partners are coordinating the update effort focusing on discrete, critical content updates to the Federal Interagency Operational Plans.

As such, we welcome your thoughts and ideas on any or all of the following topics:

  • Examples of perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current Federal Interagency Operational Plans.
  • Examples of suggested critical updates to the current Federal Interagency Operational Plans.
  • Examples of activities and programs you or your organization conduct related to four mission areas: Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

Your ideas will help us understand what works best in your community—and how others could learn from your success. Together, we can make the nation more resilient and secure.

This campaign will be open for new ideas and comments until September 2, 2015.

In addition to providing feedback and insights, please consider reviewing and providing comments on the current drafts of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans. The draft documents and comment forms are available online. Comments on the draft versions of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans will be accepted until September 2, 2015.

Read the full drafts of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans on the FEMA website.

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Recovery Core Capability Gaps

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Leadership Continuum & the FDRC Role

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Coordinated Recovery Investment Strategy

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