In recent years, the has adopted numerous policies related to disaster preparedness and response in the areas listed below. Please see summary of these policies that cover 2003 – 2017, with links to view the full text of each policy.
Community Resilience - Policy urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to adopt standards, guidance, best practices, programs, and regulatory systems that make communities more resilient to loss and damage from foreseeable hazards and also recognize property rights, affordable risk mitigation, the interests of taxpayers, and protection of the environment.
Disparate Impact - Policy encourages federal, state, local, tribal and territorial authorities to identify and address the special needs of vulnerable populations when planning for and responding to disasters.
Cybersecurity - Policy encourages all private and public sector organizations to develop, implement, and maintain an appropriate cybersecurity program that complies with applicable ethical and legal obligations, and is tailored to the nature and scope of the organization, and the data and systems to be protected.
Rule of Law in Times of Major Disaster – A Set of 12 Principles in support of preservation of rule of law in times of a major disaster. They are intended to help insure that justice will continue to be dispensed despite the damage and disruption caused by a major disaster.
Legal Services and Pro Bono Representation – Policy supporting Pro Bono and Legal Services Programs (2/09) and a Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster (2/07).
Health Care – Policy addressing Emergency Care in Crisis (8/07) and Public Heath Threats (8/04).
Insurance and Mitigation - A set of seven policies related to improving availability and affordability of insurance to protect property damage from storms and natural catastrophes and to improve handling of claims following such events.
Other Policies Related to Disaster - Policy on standards for the care and disposition of disaster animals (2/10), election procedures in the event of a catastrophe (8/04) and first responder funding (8/03)