The National Response Framework (NRF) is a scalable doctrine that outlines the responsibilities for various essential aspects of response in the event of a national emergency. While most incidents begin and end at a local level, some incidents require Federal support and intervention. This framework is designed to support incident response at all levels; a scalable framework is essential as the size and scope of an emergency event will drive the level of sector involvement required. The NRF specifically addresses two key opportunities to strengthen response planning and operation:
- Community lifelines are interdependent and vulnerable to cascading failures.
- Community lifeline stabilization relies on the owners and operators who have the expertise required to manage their systems.
With these opportunities in mind, the NRF directs the development of whole community plans, assists in the implementation of these plans, and facilitates the building of capacity to respond to cascading failures.
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The National Response Framework outlines the delivery of energy (power and fuel) as an essential community lifeline. CESER is responsible for securing this lifeline and working with service providers to stabilize the production, transportation, and delivery infrastructure. CESER’s roles and responsibilities, as outlined by the NRF, are more specifically defined in Emergency Support Function #12.