Homeland Security Presidential Directives

Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs) are issued by the President on matters pertaining to Homeland Security. Three directives directly affect EPA's role in the national emergency response system.

HSPD-5 Management of Domestic Incidents establishes a single, comprehensive national incident management system (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF). EPA must support and adopt both.

HSPD-7 Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection requires Federal agencies to coordinate the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources. EPA is specifically responsible for drinking water and water treatment systems.

HSPD-8 National Preparedness directs the federal government agencies departments to be prepared to respond to nationally significant terrorist incidents anywhere in the United States. EPA is identified as an agency that provides assistance.