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

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

by James Miskel
     
 


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. Category 4 and category 5 hurricanes will, according to most predictions, become both more frequent and more intense in the future due to global warming and/or natural weather cycles. In addition, it is often said that another terrorist… See more details below

Overview


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. Category 4 and category 5 hurricanes will, according to most predictions, become both more frequent and more intense in the future due to global warming and/or natural weather cycles. In addition, it is often said that another terrorist attack on the United States is inevitable; that it is a question of when, not whether. Add to that the scare over a possible avian flu pandemic. As a result, the United States should expect that disaster response—to natural and other types of disasters—will continue to be of vital concern to the American public and the policymakers and officials who deal with disaster response and relief, including the military. The U.S. disaster relief program reflects a basic division of responsibility between federal, state, and local governments that has generally stood the test of time. 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 the 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 examines the effects that operational failures after Hurricanes Agnes, Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina have had on the organizational design and operating principles of the disaster response system 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804759724
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
162
Sales rank:
523,479
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


James F. Miskel is a consultant 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, where he still teaches online courses in the graduate degree program. During the Reagan and (first) Bush Administrations he served on the National Security Council.

Table of Contents

1Disaster response in the United States : how the system is supposed to work1
2When the system fails23
3Disaster relief and the military : civil defense and homeland security39
4Hurricane Agnes, Three Mile Island, and the establishment of FEMA57
5Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew75
6Hurricane Katrina91
7Two other models109
8Conclusions and recommendations123

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