The first edition of the National Preparedness Goal, released in September 2011, set the vision for preparedness nationwide and identified the core capabilities necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas-Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The second edition of the National Preparedness Goal, incorporates critical edits identified through real world events, lessons learned and implementation of the National Preparedness System.
The National Preparedness Goal continues to define what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. The goal itself remains:
“A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”
The Capabilities create national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist state and local planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities. These standards are designed to accelerate state and local preparedness planning, provide guidance and recommendations for preparedness planning, and, ultimately, assure safer, more resilient, and better prepared communities.
The CDC identified the following 15 capabilities as the basis for state and local public health preparedness: