Mitigation Investment for the Nation

Realizing the Vision with a Single Step

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FEMA exercised its strength on the incident response side of disaster management when it created NIMS and ICS in the National Response Framework. Many resisted, but that common language has been a success. For the same reasons, on the programming side, FEMA must now propose a national template to measure capabilities, resources, resiliency, and vulnerability. "The lack of agreement on how the resilience concept translates into a measurable framework creates problems not only with regard to the practical implementation of resilience within at-risk communities, but also for systematic research and the development of policy" (Ostadtaghizadeh et al., 2015). Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs) need a common national structure and one that demands that these documents are not shelved once completed. One possibility to this end is to require a THIRA component that would accommodate regional customization, and the TEP component that would help ensure that the HMP becomes a living tool that keeps multiple copies of this document open on emergency manager's desks. Realizing a vision where assets, information, and emerging technologies are shared across county, and state lines (FEMA, 2012) begins with agreeing on what language we are all going to use to communicate.


FEMA. (2012). Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty.


Ostadtaghizadeh, A., Ardalan, A., Paton, D., Jabbari, H., & Khankeh, H. R. (2015). Community disaster resilience: a systematic review on assessment models and tools.



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