The Department of Homeland Security has completed the National Response Plan, which establishes a unified and standardized approach to help protect public health, safety, property, and the environment from terrorist attacks and other natural and human-induced hazards.

The plan is designed as a comprehensive tool for domestic incident management incorporating best practices and procedures from incident-management disciplines (public works, homeland security, and emergency management). The plan is organized around five components:

  • Base Plan: designed to integrate the efforts and resources of federal, state, local, and private organizations; includes planning, roles and responsibilities, operations, incident management, and plan maintenance.
  • Appendices: supporting information, including terms, definitions, acronyms, authorities, and a compendium of national interagency plans.
  • Emergency Support Function Annexes: missions, policies, structures, and responsibilities of federal agencies for coordinating resource and programmatic support.
  • Support Annexes: guidance and description of functional processes and administrative requirements.
  • Incident Annexes: includes missions, policies, responsibilities, and coordination processes that govern the interaction of public and private entities engaged in incident-management and emergency-response operations.
  • For more information or to download a copy of the plan, visit