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The National Dialogue on Preparedness, an OpenGov initiative hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) for the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force, concluded on September 10, 2010. The dialogue was hosted to inform the work of the Task Force, mandated by Congress to develop recommendations on how to improve preparedness for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

The Task Force requested assistance from the broad preparedness community as it considered what works, what needs improvement, and where there are trends and consistency in thinking – or not – on these core questions:

  • How do we collectively assess our capabilities and gaps?
  • Which policies and guidance need updating and what process should we use to update them?
  • Which grant programs work the most efficiently and which programs can be improved?

The Task Force appreciates your contributions and will review all recommendations submitted to inform its final report to Congress.


The Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force is proud to announce that it has submitted its final report and recommendations to Congress. Your contributions via the dialogue were vital to the Task Force's mission. The final report, Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11, provides a detailed account of preparedness efforts since September 11, 2001 and key recommendations generated by the Task Force on how to improve national preparedness. The heart of the report is 25 specific recommendations for creating a better defined, better integrated, more effective preparedness system, categorized under four overarching recommendations aligned to the legislative requirement.

Please visit the Task Force Web site to download Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11 and access information on how to share the Task Force recommendations with other members of the preparedness community.

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