The National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) is developing an after action report that captures successes and lessons learned thus far from the COVID-19 pandemic response. The goal is to share and institutionalize new insights across all 22 associations of the NHSC—which represents thousands of local, state, and private sector professionals responsible for the health, safety, and security of the United States—and inform policy-makers.  This survey is intended for members of each association to fill out.

The survey responses will inform a set of eight topics for the NHSC to deliberate on at an after action conference in February 2021. The topics are the following:
  • Logistics and supply chain management: To include procuring, tracking, warehousing, and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies and equipment
  • Adherence to protective measures: To include behaviors from staff, businesses, and the public toward policies and public health orders
  • Inadequate, confusing, and changing guidance: To include public health and other guidance issued at federal, state, and local levels; and keeping up with and implementing guidance
  • Revenue shortfalls: To include state, local, territorial, and tribal budget shortfalls and their cascading effects on available services and resources
  • Operational coordination: To include establishing a unified and coordinated operational structure that integrates critical stakeholders
  • Emergency powers and authorities: To include adoption of extraordinary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and expansion of authorities to support the response
  • Information sharing and public messaging: To include sharing information among responding agencies and organizations, providing situational awareness, and conveying information to the public
  • Workforce resilience: To include mitigation of circumstances and stressors that can affect workforce productivity and mission success
Each topic has between two and nine questions in this survey.  Please note that you have the option in the survey of skipping over any topic you do not want to address.  As an outcome of the conference, the NHSC expects to issue a set of consensus-based state and local government recommendations for improved preparedness and response to future pandemics.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact: