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FEMA has released an updated version of its Community Lifelines Toolkit, a resource intended to help emergency managers identify operational status, interdependencies, and restoration priorities during an emergency. The revisions include refined lifeline components and expanded planning resources.

Under the toolkit’s framework, which does not replace the Department of Homeland Security’s previous critical lifeline concept, a community lifeline is defined as a service that “enables the continuous operation of critical government and business functions and is essential to human health and safety or economic security.” It includes the water and wastewater sector under the Food, Water, Shelter lifeline. Materials associated with the Community Lifelines Toolkit are available online.