National Preparedness Directorate

Dennis R. Schrader - Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness


The 2006 Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) mandated the creation of the National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), unifying DHS’ preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery missions. Established on April 1, 2007, NPD oversees the coordination and development of the capabilities and tools necessary to prepare for terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The NPD provides strategy, policy, and planning guidance to build prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities among all levels of government throughout the Nation. The Divisions of the NPD are:

Preparedness Policy, Planning, and Analysis
Strengthens national preparedness by leading special initiatives, directing preparedness policy planning efforts, and analyzing policy and program results within the scope of the National Preparedness Directorate’s mission

Technological Hazards Division
Coordinates the National effort to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of communities surrounding commercial nuclear power plants and chemical weapons stockpile sites.

National Integration Center
Develops, manages, and coordinates all homeland security training, education (external), exercise and lessons learned programs, as required, to ensure the Nation is prepared to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all hazards, natural or manmade.

Community Preparedness Division
Seeks to engage, educate and train Americans of all abilities on all-hazards preparedness. Working through the Citizen Corps program, the division brings community and government leaders together to involve community members in all-hazards emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Preparedness Coordination Division
Develops and executes a field-based, all-hazards preparedness program to enhance the capacity of Federal, State, and local agencies, and the private sector, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats, acts of terrorism, major events and other emergencies through regionally-based Federal Preparedness Coordinators, enhanced regional staff, and national-level programs for technical assistance, preparedness planning, capabilities assessments and requirements, and preparedness reporting.

Organization and Administration

NPD organization and administration is based on six functional areas:

Directorate Highlights

Last Modified: Tuesday, 05-Aug-2008 10:53:13 EDT

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