Draft National Response Framework Released for Public Comment

Release Date: September 10, 2007

For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today the draft National Response Framework (NRF), successor to the National Response Plan, for a 30-day public comment period.  The Framework, which focuses on response and short-term recovery, articulates the doctrine, principles and architecture by which our nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and all sectors of communities.  The Framework is responsive to repeated federal, state and local requests for a streamlined document that is shorter, less bureaucratic and more user-friendly. 

The Framework is intended for senior elected and appointed leaders, such as federal agency heads, state governors, mayors, tribal leaders and city managers.  Simultaneously, it informs emergency management practitioners by explaining the operating structures and tools routinely used by first responders and emergency managers at all levels of government. 

“The Framework recognizes that most incidents are managed locally,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.  “But when needed to support state and local officials as they respond to a disaster, the Framework establishes the playbook for the federal coordination of resources and assets to manage disasters of all sizes and scope.”

The Framework incorporates a number of key recommendations from more than 700 individuals representing federal, tribal, state and local governments, non-governmental agencies and associations, and the private sector, who participated in a review process that began in September 2006.  In addition to the core Framework, supporting documents, including Emergency Support Functions, Support and Incident Annexes and other appendices have also been updated, expanded and remain an integral part of the Framework.  These documents are available at the newly-created NRF Resource Center, which is available online at www.fema.gov/nrf.  This resource center will be continuously updated as additional supporting materials are created or revised.

The 30-day comment period provides interested parties with the opportunity to provide feedback on the document.  A comment form has been circulated to various departments, agencies and key stakeholders.  Individuals who wish to submit comments can obtain a comment form and instructions for submission online at www.fema.gov/nrf.  During this period, the existing National Response Plan remains in effect.