Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

White House Unveils Intergovernmental Approach to Preparedness

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

White House Unveils Intergovernmental Approach to Preparedness

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On April 8, the Obama Administration formally released a policy directive that outlines an all-hazards approach to homeland security based on federal, state and local government coordination, along with private sector and citizen participation in preparedness.

The new directive, known as Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), profiles the security and resilience of the United States as "the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors and individual citizens."

PPD-8 outlines an approach to homeland security that is built upon identifying and cultivating "core capabilities" that will enable the nation to "prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation."

The "all-of-nation preparedness approach that optimizes the me of available resources" could mean new requirements or more stringent grant conditions for state and local governments as the federal government seeks "concrete, measurable and prioritized objectives" in the homeland security arena.

However, it may open additional grants for states and localities as the federal government looks to boost preparedness and response at all levels.

During the 2010 Congressional City Conference, a group of NLC members and state league directors sat down with the White Howe's National Security Staff to contribute to their review of national preparedness policy. Many of the suggestions made at that meeting are reflected in the directive. …

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