The National Response Framework (NRF) went into effect March 22, 2008, and supersedes all previous versions of the National Response Plan. The National Response Framework is a guide that details how the Nation conducts all-hazards response from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. This document establishes a comprehensive, national and all-hazards approach to domestic incident response: http://www.hhs.gov/aspr/
The Framework identifies the key response principles, as well as the roles and structures that organize national response. It describes how communities, States, the Federal Government and private-sector and nongovernmental partners apply these principles for a coordinated, effective national response. In addition, it describes special circumstances where the Federal Government exercises a larger role, including incidents where Federal interests are involved and catastrophic incidents where a State would require significant support. It lays the groundwork for first responders, decision-makers and supporting entities to provide a unified national response.
In addition to releasing the NRF base document, the Emergency Support Function Annexes and Support Annexes are available on-line at the NRF Resource Center (www.fema.gov/nrf). The annexes are a total of 23 individual documents designed to provide concept of operations, procedures and structures for achieving response directives for all partners in fulfilling their roles under the NRF.