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Homeland Security Presidential Directive

Homeland Security Presidential Directive

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Published by Ed Ball
HSPD 5 implemented by the President of the U.S.To enhance the ability of the United
States to manage domestic incidents by establishing a single, comprehensive national
incident management system.
HSPD 5 implemented by the President of the U.S.To enhance the ability of the United
States to manage domestic incidents by establishing a single, comprehensive national
incident management system.

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 Administration of George W. Bush, 2003/Feb. 28
got brave and honorable men and womenserving in our military, including the CoastGuard, ready to accomplish any missionthey are given. And they will do so withcourage and skill and honor. Above all, wehave the courage and character of theAmerican people, who are resolved to pre- vent further attacks on our homeland.March 1st marks an important day forour Government and for our country. The work ahead won’t always be easy. You’veaccepted a difficult mission. But I’m con-fident in the success of our efforts, becauseI’m confident in you.I want to thank each of you for yourservice in freedom’s cause. There is nodoubt in my mind that this Nation willprevail in this war against terror, because we’re the greatest nation, full of the finestpeople, on the face of this Earth.May God bless your work, and may Godcontinue to bless America.N
: The President spoke at 10:46 a.m. atthe Ronald Reagan Building and Inter-national Trade Center. In his remarks, he re-ferred to Janet Hale, nominee to be UnderSecretary for Management, Michael D.Brown, nominee to be Under Secretary forEmergency Preparedness and Response, andCharles E. McQueary, nominee to be UnderSecretary for Science and Technology, De-partment of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD–5—Management of Domestic Incidents
February 28, 2003
Management of DomesticIncidents
(1) To enhance the ability of the UnitedStates to manage domestic incidents by es-tablishing a single, comprehensive nationalincident management system.
(2) In this directive:(a) the term ‘‘Secretary’’ means the Sec-retary of Homeland Security.(b) the term ‘‘Federal departments andagencies’’ means those executive de-partments enumerated in 5 U.S.C.101, together with the Department of Homeland Security; independent es-tablishments as defined by 5 U.S.C.104(1); government corporations asdefined by 5 U.S.C. 103(1); and theUnited States Postal Service.(c) the terms ‘‘State,’’ ‘‘local,’’ and the‘‘United States’’ when it is used ina geographical sense, have the samemeanings as used in the HomelandSecurity Act of 2002, Public Law 107–296.
(3) To prevent, prepare for, respond to,and recover from terrorist attacks, majordisasters, and other emergencies, theUnited States Government shall establisha single, comprehensive approach to do-mestic incident management. The objectiveof the United States Government is to en-sure that all levels of government acrossthe Nation have the capability to work effi-ciently and effectively together, using a na-tional approach to domestic incident man-agement. In these efforts, with regard todomestic incidents, the United States Gov-ernment treats crisis management and con-sequence management as a single, inte-grated function, rather than as two separatefunctions.
Feb. 28/Administration of George W. Bush, 2003
(4) The Secretary of Homeland Security is the principal Federal official for domesticincident management. Pursuant to theHomeland Security Act of 2002, the Sec-retary is responsible for coordinating Fed-eral operations within the United States toprepare for, respond to, and recover fromterrorist attacks, major disasters, and otheremergencies. The Secretary shall coordinatethe Federal Government’s resources uti-lized in response to or recovery from ter-rorist attacks, major disasters, or otheremergencies if and when any one of thefollowing four conditions applies: (1) a Fed-eral department or agency acting under itsown authority has requested the assistanceof the Secretary; (2) the resources of Stateand local authorities are overwhelmed
Federal assistance has been requested by the appropriate State and local authorities;(3) more than one Federal department oragency has become substantially involvedin responding to the incident; or (4) theSecretary has been directed to assume re-sponsibility for managing the domestic inci-dent by the President.(5) Nothing in this directive alters, orimpedes the ability to carry out, the au-thorities of Federal departments and agen-cies to perform their responsibilities underlaw. All Federal departments and agenciesshall cooperate with the Secretary in theSecretary’s domestic incident managementrole.(6) The Federal Government recognizesthe roles and responsibilities of State andlocal authorities in domestic incident man-agement. Initial responsibility for managingdomestic incidents generally falls on Stateand local authorities. The Federal Govern-ment will assist State and local authorities when their resources are overwhelmed, or when Federal interests are involved. TheSecretary will coordinate with State andlocal governments to ensure adequate plan-ning, equipment, training, and exercise ac-tivities. The Secretary will also provide as-sistance to State and local governments todevelop all-hazards plans and capabilities,including those of greatest importance tothe security of the United States, and willensure that State, local, and Federal plansare compatible.(7) The Federal Government recognizesthe role that the private and nongovern-mental sectors play in preventing, preparingfor, responding to, and recovering from ter-rorist attacks, major disasters, and otheremergencies. The Secretary will coordinate with the private and nongovernmental sec-tors to ensure adequate planning, equip-ment, training, and exercise activities andto promote partnerships to address incidentmanagement capabilities.(8) The Attorney General has lead re-sponsibility for criminal investigations of terrorist acts or terrorist threats by individ-uals or groups inside the United States,or directed at United States citizens or in-stitutions abroad, where such acts are with-in the Federal criminal jurisdiction of theUnited States, as well as for related intel-ligence collection activities within theUnited States, subject to the National Secu-rity Act of 1947 and other applicable law,Executive Order 12333, and Attorney Gen-eral-approved procedures pursuant to thatExecutive Order. Generally acting throughthe Federal Bureau of Investigation, theAttorney General, in cooperation with otherFederal departments and agencies engagedin activities to protect our national security,shall also coordinate the activities of theother members of the law enforcementcommunity to detect, prevent, preempt,and disrupt terrorist attacks against theUnited States. Following a terrorist threator an actual incident that falls within thecriminal jurisdiction of the United States,the full capabilities of the United Statesshall be dedicated, consistent with UnitedStates law and with activities of other Fed-eral departments and agencies to protectour national security, to assisting the Attor-ney General to identify the perpetratorsand bring them to justice. The Attorney General and the Secretary shall establishappropriate relationships and mechanisms
 Administration of George W. Bush, 2003/Feb. 28
for cooperation and coordination betweentheir two departments.(9) Nothing in this directive impairs orotherwise affects the authority of the Sec-retary of Defense over the Department of Defense, including the chain of commandfor military forces from the President asCommander in Chief, to the Secretary of Defense, to the commander of military forces, or military command and controlprocedures. The Secretary of Defense shallprovide military support to civil authoritiesfor domestic incidents as directed by thePresident or when consistent with military readiness and appropriate under the cir-cumstances and the law. The Secretary of Defense shall retain command of military forces providing civil support. The Sec-retary of Defense and the Secretary shallestablish appropriate relationships andmechanisms for cooperation and coordina-tion between their two departments.(10) The Secretary of State has the re-sponsibility, consistent with other UnitedStates Government activities to protect ournational security, to coordinate internationalactivities related to the prevention, prepara-tion, response, and recovery from a domes-tic incident, and for the protection of United States citizens and United Statesinterests overseas. The Secretary of Stateand the Secretary shall establish appro-priate relationships and mechanisms for co-operation and coordination between theirtwo departments.(11) The Assistant to the President forHomeland Security and the Assistant to thePresident for National Security Affairs shallbe responsible for interagency policy co-ordination on domestic and international in-cident management, respectively, as di-rected by the President. The Assistant tothe President for Homeland Security andthe Assistant to the President for NationalSecurity Affairs shall work together to en-sure that the United States domestic andinternational incident management effortsare seamlessly united.(12) The Secretary shall ensure that, asappropriate, information related to domes-tic incidents is gathered and provided tothe public, the private sector, State andlocal authorities, Federal departments andagencies, and, generally through the Assist-ant to the President for Homeland Security,to the President. The Secretary shall pro- vide standardized, quantitative reports tothe Assistant to the President for HomelandSecurity on the readiness and preparednessof the Nation—at all levels of govern-ment—to prevent, prepare for, respond to,and recover from domestic incidents.(13) Nothing in this directive shall beconstrued to grant to any Assistant to thePresident any authority to issue orders toFederal departments and agencies, their of-ficers, or their employees.
(14) The heads of all Federal depart-ments and agencies are directed to providetheir full and prompt cooperation, re-sources, and support, as appropriate andconsistent with their own responsibilitiesfor protecting our national security, to theSecretary, the Attorney General, the Sec-retary of Defense, and the Secretary of State in the exercise of the individual lead-ership responsibilities and missions assignedin paragraphs (4), (8), (9), and (10), respec-tively, above.(15) The Secretary shall develop, submitfor review to the Homeland Security Coun-cil, and administer a National IncidentManagement System (NIMS). This system will provide a consistent nationwide ap-proach for Federal, State, and local govern-ments to work effectively and efficiently to-gether to prepare for, respond to, and re-cover from domestic incidents, regardlessof cause, size, or complexity. To providefor interoperability and compatibility amongFederal, State, and local capabilities, theNIMS will include a core set of concepts,principles, terminology, and technologiescovering the incident command system;multi-agency coordination systems; unified

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