Given recent events, today’s emergency management community faces unprecedented challenges when it comes to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from hazards, natural or otherwise. To help everyone along with these vital efforts, FEMA recently released its 2021 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The report, as explained by the federal agency, focuses on three key areas: 

1)    The nation’s changing risk environment, driven predominately by climate change and technology.

2)    The nation’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and lessons that may be applied to future incidents. 

3)    Management opportunities that will assist communities in addressing capability gaps.  

At BOLDplanning, we encourage you to download the 2021 NPR when time permits. It’s a relatively brief and highly beneficial read. In fact, we (like FEMA) firmly believe the report’s contents can help support emergency management decisions about program priorities, future resource allocations, and collaborative/community actions. And not just in 2022 but for years to come.

The full 2021 National Preparedness Report is available online at