Best Practices Gleaned from the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

On April 3, 2015, a multi-jurisdictional Project Management Team released the After Action Report for the Response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. The 130-page report, the product of a year-long process, provides an overview of the incidents that occurred during the week of April 15, 2013; discusses the response activities of public safety, public health, emergency medical, and healthcare communities; and discusses best practices, lessons learned, and areas needing improvement.

While you might think that response activities following the Boston Marathon bombings are a far cry from the emergency preparedness and response goals of the State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP) program, many of the best practices noted in the report are consistent with SHEP’s goals. They include developing and maintaining pre-existing professional relationships, formal mutual aid agreements, and effective collaboration to maintain situational awareness.

The full report is posted here on the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website.


FEMA Announces Release of Updated National Planning Frameworks and Frameworks Virtual Roundtables

On May 6, 2013, FEMA and its partners released three of the five National Planning Frameworks. There is one Framework for each of the five preparedness mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The National Planning Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to build, sustain, and deliver the core capabilities needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal:

A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.

FEMA will be hosting a series of virtual roundtables that will provide an overview of the Frameworks. These 60-minute roundtables will introduce the Frameworks and discuss ways to apply the concepts in your community. These virtual roundtables will be held:

  • Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. EDT

Advanced registration is required, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for one of the roundtables, visit To read more about the Frameworks and to prepare for the roundtable, visit