A catastrophic incident, as defined by the National Framework, is any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, and/or government functions. A catastrophic incident could result in sustained national impacts over a prolonged period of time; almost immediately exceeds resources normally available to State, local,tribal, and private-sector authorities in the impacted area; and significantly interrupts governmental operations and emergency services to such an extent that national security could be threatened. All catastrophic incidents are Incidents of National Significance. These factors drive the urgency for coordinated national planning to ensure accelerated Federal/national assistance.

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National Preparedness Goal (First Edition) -- September 2011

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National Preparedness System--November 2011

This document summarizes the components of the National Preparedness System, which include: Identifying and assessing risk, estimating the level of capabilities needed to address those risks, building or sustaining the required levels of capabilities, developing and implementing plans to deliver those capabilities, validating and monitoring progress, and reviewing and updating efforts to promote continuous improvement.
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National Response Framework (2nd Edition) -- May 2013

The National Response Framework is a guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. It is built on scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation.
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Overview of the National Planning Frameworks -- May 2013

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Catastrophic Incident Annex

The Catastrophic Incident Annex to the National Response Framework establishes the context and overarching strategy for implementing and coordinating an accelerated, proactive national response to a catastrophic incident.
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National Incident Management System (NIMS) --December 2008

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.
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National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

The National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is a technical reference for emergency communications planning and for radio technicians responsible for radios that will be used in disaster response. The NIFOG includes rules and regulations for use of nationwide and other interoperability channels, tables of frequencies and standard channel names, and other reference material, formatted as a pocket-sized guide for radio technicians to carry with them.
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Joint Field Office Aviation Branch Operations Manual (September 9, 2009)

The main purpose of the Aviation Branch operations manual is to amplify the guidance and information in the JFO and NIMS manuals. The manual will outline basic organizational structures and operating procedures to enable the personnel who are assigned to a JFO Aviation Branch to coordinate aviation operations with a State through a multiagency coordination group.
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FEMA National Incident Support Manual -- February 2011

The FEMA National Incident Support Manual describes how FEMA national staff support FEMA incident operations and briefly discusses steady-state activities pertinent to incident operations. This manual defines the activities of Federal assistance - across the nation and within FEMA's statutory authority - supporting citizens and first responders in responding to, recovering from, and mitigating all hazards. It includes definitions and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, functions, and organizational structures for those conducting FEMA incident support duties, thus forming the basis from which FEMA personnel plan and execute their assigned missions. This manual also serves as the basis for developing related guidance (procedures, handbooks, incident guides, training materials, etc.).
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FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide -- January 2012

The IAP Guide explains how to plan and execute operations during any incident. This document, based on the Incident management Handbook (IMH), explains the Incident Command System (ICS) incident action planning process, describes how to use it during FEMA incidents, defines the specific roles and responsibilities of the various participants, and establishes standards for incident action planning during FEMA incidents.
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National Urban Search and Rescue Response System

Field Operations Guide Sept 2003
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USCG Incident Management Handbook, COMDT Pub P3120.17B--May2014

The newly revised 2014 version of the Coast Guard Incident Management Handbook (IMH) is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) during multi-contingency response operations and planned events. The Incident Management Handbook is an easy reference job aid for responders."
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Emergency Support Function #9--May 2013

Under the National Response Framework, Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 assigns responsibilities of the Primary and Support Agencies in the conduct of search and rescue operations under the Stafford Act.
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