Preparedness Policy and Guidance

No Drastic Changes and Know Your Customers

Please appreciate the fact that homeland security is still a new discipline and that it takes time understand and incorporate National preparedness doctrine into State and local planning and preparedness efforts. To that end, focus on updating the existing doctrine as opposed to recreating it. For example, there are some good National preparedness elements (e.g. Prevent/Protect/Respond/Recover mission areas), some things that need to be tweaked but not discarded (e.g. TCL, National Priorities) and some things that need to be rethought entirely (e.g. national planning scenarios). Avoid the urge to create new doctrine and instead focus on keeping/enhancing the things that work. Also, please keep the end-users in mind. The State and local stakeholders at the end of the “funnel” often wear many hats and have several competing priorities – keep it simple, do the outreach, explain things and always try to maintain an understanding of State and local needs. Forums like this are helpful in that regard.

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