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National Response Plan and National Incident Management System Review and Revision Process

Related: Global Stability and Security

For the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Meridian Institute helped to design and facilitate a process to solicit and collect broad stakeholder input to inform a review and revision of the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Meridian worked with DHS staff to design and facilitate a stakeholder meeting and a series of work groups to gather input and recommendations on the NRP and NIMS review and revision process from experts in various fields related to incident management and disaster response.

The purpose of the stakeholder meeting was threefold: (1) introduce the NRP and NIMS review process and timelines; (2) outline the key NRP and NIMS revision issues and comment process; and (3) solicit and collect feedback from participants during breakout group and plenary discussions.

The Under Secretary of Federal Emergency Management and Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Under Secretary for Preparedness, both from DHS, co-hosted the meeting on behalf of the NRP/NIMS Task Force. More than 90 individuals took part, representing state governors’ offices; state offices of homeland security and emergency management; state, local, and tribal associations; private-sector organizations; and nongovernmental organizations with significant interest in disaster preparedness and response. The meeting also included staff members from DHS, the White House, and other NRP signatory agencies.
 
Meridian staff also facilitated several work groups made up of members from federal, state, tribal, and local governments as well as from the private sector and nonprofit organizations. Twelve work groups provided input to the first draft of the revised NRP. Meridian played an active role with the Animal Issues work group, Catastrophic Incident work group, Volunteer and Donations Management work group, and Special Needs work group. Each work group made recommendations to the Steering Committee and highlighted recommendations regarding areas that required policy-level decisions.