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Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

June 4, 2018

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide

Release: May 31, 2018

FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division released the updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201 to reflect the changes in methodology for the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), formerly the State Preparedness Report. The updated methodology goes into effect this year.

The THIRA now includes standardized language to describe threat/hazard impacts and capability targets, and gives communities a structure to collect more specific, quantitative preparedness information while also providing important context. Through the updated SPR process, communities collect more detailed and actionable data on their current capabilities and identified gaps. They indicate their intended approaches for addressing those gaps and assess the impact of funding sources on building and sustaining capabilities.

CPG 201, 3rd Edition includes both the THIRA and SPR because they are interconnected processes that, together, communities use to evaluate their preparedness.

In addition to releasing CPG-201, 3rd Edition, FEMA is hosting an in-person technical assistance session June 13-14 in Houston, Texas.  Prior 2018 technical assistance sessions were held in May in Chandler, Arizona and Arlington, Virginia.

FEMA is taking a phased approach to implementation of the updated methodology, beginning in 2018. In 2018, respondents will only need to address the response, recovery, and cross-cutting core capabilities in their THIRA/SPR. In 2019, respondents will be required to address all five mission areas. Beginning in 2019, jurisdictions will only need to submit a THIRA to FEMA once every three years.

All types of communities can complete the THIRA/SPR as a way to better understand the risks they face and make important decisions on how to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risks. While all communities can complete a THIRA/SPR if they choose, the THIRA/SPR is required among some communities. In addition to states and territories, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) recipients will now also be required to complete the SPR. The THIRA remains a requirement for states, territories, and UASI and THSGP recipients; however, THSGP recipients will only be required to complete the THIRA and SPR for some of the core capabilities.

For more information, please see CPG-201, 3rd Edition, available here: https://www.fema.gov/threat-and-hazard-identification-and-risk-assessment.


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