NIMS Alert 16-19: FEMA Seeks Feedback on the National Response Framework and ESF #14


FEMA is seeking feedback on the National Response Framework and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex draft documents. Feedback and recommendations received will help ensure the final versions of the documents are effective resources for emergency managers across the nation.

FEMA is holding webinars for stakeholders nationwide to discuss the agency’s efforts in updating the National Response Framework (NRF) and developing the ESF #14 Annex to incorporate lessons learned from the unprecedented 2017 hurricane and wildfire season. First released in 2008, the NRF is a guide for how our nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, this update includes the following areas:

  • Additional emphasis on nongovernmental capabilities to include the role of individuals and private sector/industry partners in responding to disasters;
  • A new Emergency Support Function to leverage existing coordination mechanisms between the government and infrastructure owners/operators; and
  • Focus on outcomes-based response through the prioritization of the rapid stabilization of life-saving and life-sustaining Lifelines.

The updated NRF will continue to focus on the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs during disasters. The NRF will continue to be scalable, flexible and adaptable, using the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. The new ESF #14 supports the coordination of cross-sector operations, including stabilization of key supply chains and community lifelines, among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and their government partners.

For more information on the updates and to download the drafts, visit Comments, input, and recommendations should be submitted using the comment matrix on the website by 5 p.m. EDT, June 28, 2019. Email feedback to

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email

FEMA is hosting a series of one-hour engagement webinars to describe the updates and answer participants’ questions. These webinars are geared toward the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments (state, local, tribal, and territorial, as well as federal agencies).

Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session from the list below.

Webinar 1: Thursday, May 30, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 2: Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 3: Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar 4: Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 p.m. EDT