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Tuesday, 18th October 2011

Operationalizing Resilience: Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required

Source: George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute

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The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force [has] released the latest in its series of reports on resilience policy. The report, entitled Operationalizing Resilience, calls on policymakers to implement a systems-based approach that emphasizes risk management practices as a unifying theme for resilience policy.

"As a country, we correctly continue to advance the notion of a whole community, all-of-nation approach to addressing natural and man-made disasters," said Task Force co-chair and former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency R. David Paulison. "As we look to operationalize the concept of national resilience, the Task Force believes that we should apply systems-thinking and risk management as underpinnings of the homeland security enterprise writ large."

The report is released as the Department of Homeland Security is working with public, private, and non-profit sector partners to implement Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), National Preparedness. "Given the hard work being done to develop the National Preparedness System called for by PPD-8, we felt that now was an appropriate time to offer recommendations to policymakers that will help to ensure an integrated approach to the policy now being implemented," said Michael Balboni, Task Force co-chair and former New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety.

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