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Improving Emergency Communications: Lessons from Grading America's Cities

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Richard Weitz

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Communication systems)

Keywords: Homeland defense; Dept. of Homeland Security; National security; interoperability

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Congress can help to build a national emergency management communications capacity that serves Americans well during disasters and national catastrophes, but to do so efficiently and effectively, Members need to resist the temptation merely to throw more resources and requirements at the problem and concentrate on federal initiatives that empower local leadership, nurture good governance, and encourage regional cooperation.