The Federal Government's Role in Disaster Response Term Paper by Nicky

The Federal Government's Role in Disaster Response
The paper examines the role and involvement of the US federal government in disaster response and relief within the United States.
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The paper examines the role to be played by the US Federal government and its responsibility in matters relating to disaster response and relief within the United States. The paper briefly discusses types of possible disaster before concentrating on natural disasters. The paper contends that Federal agencies are not adequately prepared for natural disasters and postulates that it is might be preferable for local agencies to handle disaster relief and to only turn to Federal agencies when there is a real need. The paper also contends that local communities should take more responsibility for their safety and reaction to disaster situations.

From the Paper:

"It is no secret that many people believe the National Response Plan (NRP) failed drastically during and after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. This plan was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be implemented when just such a disaster occurred (Dunham, 2002). The Department of Homeland Security is designed to protect the country against various threats (Eggen, 2003; Eggen & Mintz, 2003). Most notably, though, it is designed to protect the United States from terrorism on American soil and is not really set up for natural disasters in the way that people hoped it would be. This particular department was created after the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. It is a cabinet-level post and the need for it was seen after the attacks.
"Originally, it appeared that very few, if any, people in the United States, in the government or otherwise, thought that the United States would be or could be vulnerable to terrorists. Natural disasters seemed more likely."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, M. M., & Brudney, J. L. (2003). Learning organizations in the public sector? A study of police agencies employing information and technology to advance knowledge. Public Administration Review. 63(1), 30-43.
  • Dunham, R. S. (2002, June 24). The superagency: A good start, but ..., Business Week, i3788, p. 50.
  • Eggen, D. (2003, February 15). Bush aims to blend counterterrorism efforts, Washington Post, A16.
  • Eggen, D, & Mintz, J. (2003, January 30). Agency to concentrate intelligence analysis. Washington Pint, A09 (final edition).
  • Fast, J. (2003). After Columbine: how people mourn sudden disaster. Social Work, 18(4), 484-491.

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APA Format

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