National Response Framework
The National Response Framework topic this week will answer the question: ‘What management structure will be put in place to keep the effort to accomplish the mission organized and on track?‘ The answer to that question is the National Response Framework.
The NRF is the latest and possibly greatest of a long line of management structures. When FEMA was organized from and began to work with a wide variety of other response agencies, each and every one had their own command organization. As they all grew up separately, they were all quite distinct. It’s analogous to the human race having so many different languages. Everyone’s language may be perfectly suited for themselves, but when it’s time to work together, there are problems. Sometimes big problems.
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