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The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including the following:
- acts of terrorism
- cyber-attacks, pandemics
- catastrophic natural disasters

After reviewing the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 and the issues listed above, respond to the following questions, as a nation:
1. How prepared do we need to be?
2. How prepared are we?
3. How do we prioritize efforts to close the gap?

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It is apparent from the 9/11 attacks, natural disasters such as Katrina, and the H1N1 pandemic, that this nation needs to be highly prepared for all forms of terrorist attacks, pandemics, and natural disasters. Any lack of preparedness in handling these types of challenges can have a paralyzing effect on the nation's ability to function when these types of incidents occur. We must be highly prepared due to the fact that many different terrorist ...