Coping with Catastrophe: Building An Emergency Management System to Meet People's Needs in Natural and Manmade Disasters ; a Report
A comprehensive & objective study of governmental capacity to respond effectively to major natural disasters. Covers: evolution of the emergency management function; Federal responsibility & the President's role in emergency mgmt.; FEMA; the Federal responsibility & the role of Congress; state & local government organizational capability; & is the current approach viable? Extensive bibliography. Charts & tables.
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This outstanding report by a team of NAPA experts is the Bible as far as understanding modern Emergency Management and FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and should be considered a landmark in EM history. Now 20 years old the report is still valid with respect to many of its conclusions and recommendations. Too bad that it is not read with more interest currently despite the passage of tiime.
While some of its recommendations were adopted in the main the Executive Branch and Congress have not yet adopted a comprehensive statutory framework for FEMA and determined whether FEMA is the safety net for domestic civil crisis response and recovery or just a funding source for others who do the heavy lifting.
While PKEMRA 2006 [effective March 31, 2007] to some extent froze FEMA's organization within DHS it still has not been determined that FEMA can handle domestic catastrophic events and continues to have little or no technical response capability but must rely on NRC, EPA, DoE, and DoD.
You must have read and understand this report whether you are an academic researching EM policy and history or a practioner.