Disaster Response and Homeland Security: What Works, What Doesn't

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September 2006



Hurricane Katrina is the latest in a series of major disasters that were not well managed, but it is not likely to be the last, especially if we don't make some improvements in our disaster relief and response system. At the federal level, a single agency, FEMA--now under the Department of Homeland Security--has been charged with the responsibility for coordinating the activities of various federal agencies that have a role in disaster relief. A successful disaster response requires three things: timely and effective coordination between state and federal governments; effective coordination among the federal agencies; and effective coordination between and among state and local government agencies. Miskel, a former Deputy Assistant Associate Director of FEMA, examines the effects that operational failures after Hurricanes Agnes, Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina have had on our disaster response program. He also discusses the impact of 9/11 and the evolving role of the military, and he identifies reforms that should be implemented to improve the nation's ability to respond in the future.


JAMES F. MISKEL is Vice President of Policy Studies for the defense consulting firm Alidade Inc. Until 2005, he served for 12 years as Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College. He is a former Deputy Assistant Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


"The US government's failed response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005 fits into a pattern of failure to meet the needs of victims of catastrophic disasters, according to Miskel. This pattern points to systemic problems, rather than simply incompetence on the part of individual leaders systemic problems he seeks to uncover through comparative examination of how the government's disaster relief system operated during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the Three Mile Island near-disaster in 1979, Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Katrina. After identifying the enduring structural issues revealed in these examples, he compares the US system to its Australian and Canadian counterparts and proposes some fundamental changes." - Reference & Research Book News
EAN: 9780275992118
ISBN: 027599211X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 162 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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