Doug Bedell — January 25, 2008, 8:44 am

National Framework Released for Emergency Response

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an updated blueprint for how governments at all levels should respond to emergencies of all sorts – the National Response Framework (NRF).

To take effect March 22, the NRF will replace the National Response Plan issued in 2004 and ammended in 2006. NRF provides a detailed context for understanding how federal, state, local and private emergency responders are expected to relate to each other during emergencies of all sorts, from storms to terrorist attacks.

The plan’s concepts and relationships are important for managers responsible for the safety and security of many types of public and private facilities, and who may be under stress during an emergency.

DHS maintains a website – the NRF Resource Center – that includes an overview of the plan and a great deal of other information about it, including PowerPoint slides for briefing and training purposes.

The final plan reflects nearly 5,700 comments received from participants in the planning process. NRF is designed to:

• be scalable, flexible and adaptable
• always be in effect, and
• articulate clear roles and responsibilities among local, state and federal officials

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