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The paper reviews the literature to determine the impact of the Oklahoma City terrorist attack on emergency responses in the city and state. The paper describes how the police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and other emergency responders went above and beyond the call of duty in their actions, with some of them violating departmental policies and regulations in the process. The paper reveals that the authorities in Oklahoma City chose to reevaluate their policies rather than discipline these individuals who were awarded the city's highest award for honor instead. The paper notes the subsequent changes in federal policies concerning suitable responses to natural and man-made disasters.
Review and Discussion
Review and Discussion
From the Paper:"The first responders on the scene of the terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 found themselves confronted with a scene that nobody could reasonably expect to encounter in America's heartland, and this is apparently the reason this federal building was targeted in the first place. In this regard, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the two individuals charged and convicted of the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, reported that their actions were motivated by the federal government's for its botched handling of the Waco affairs and the general feelings among the right-wing militants at the time that the U.S. federal government was attempting to suppress their activities (Hulnick)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- El-Ayouty, Y., Galgan, G. J., Greene, F. J. & Wesley, E. (2004). Perspectives on 9/11. Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Hulnick, A. S. (2004). Keeping us safe: Secret intelligence and homeland security. Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Lewis, C. W., Tenzer, M. J. & Harrison, T. (1999). The heroic response to terror: The case of Oklahoma City. Public Personnel Management, 28(4), 617.
- Silke, A. (2003). Terrorists, victims, and society: Psychological perspectives on terrorism and its consequences. Chichester, England: Wiley.
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Emergency Response Policy and Oklahoma City (2010, December 25) Retrieved August 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/emergency-response-policy-and-oklahoma-city-146363/
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