The Federal Government Disaster Mission

About the Government's Disaster Mission Areas

The federal government's National Preparedness Goal is “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.”  

This means:

  • Preventing, avoiding, or stopping a threatened or an actual act of terrorism
  • Protecting our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive
  • Mitigating the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters
  • Responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident
  • Recovering through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic, and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.”

These mission areas are highly interdependent and sometimes overlapping.  In fact, the concept of mitigation through risk assessment, management, and vulnerability reduction, planning, resilience, and sustainability flows through the other mission areas. 

Nonprofits -- in this context, nonprofit and faith-based organizations -- are active in a number of the mission areas. Most nonprofits do not get involved in disaster prevention or protection as these terms are used in the disaster and national security context.