Monday, August 15, 2011


The most complete metrics in the strategic plan appear on page 14 as follows:

Key Outcomes to Achieve-
(1) Establish a national capability to treat, stabilize, and provide care for 265,000 casualties following a catastrophic event;
(2) Establish a national capability to move and distribute materiel and supplies to meet the needs of 1.5 million disaster survivors within 72 hours;
(3) Establish a national capability to restore and sustain basic services and community functionality for an affected area of seven million people within 60 days;
(4) Establish a national capability to recover the communities of 1.5 million disaster survivors within 5 years of the event;
(5) Implement a performance-based qualification requirements system for all FEMA personnel participating in disaster response and recovery activities and a dynamic readiness measurement system for FEMA teams and deployable assets

“In the event of a terrorist attack, natu-ral disaster, or other large-scale emergency, the Department and FEMA provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and work with Federal, state, local, and private sector partners to ensure a swift and effective recovery effort. Working together, we continue to build a ready and resilient nation by providing grants and training to our partners, coordinating the federal government’s response to disasters, and streamlining rebuilding and recovery along the Gulf Coast and throughout the Nation.”
-Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

I have given much thought to this goal and wondering what progress has been made so far? More to follow! I am not sure I understand the metrics and what they actually mean. I have found no discussion of this goal since publication of the document. How were they derived and what research or study is behind their establishment.