FEMA and Federalism: Washington Is Moving in the Wrong Direction
Publication Date: May 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Keywords: Homeland defense; federalism; DHS; FEMA
Coverage: United States
The United States needs a disaster response system that is built on the principle of federalism. FEMA should focus its efforts on preparing to respond to catastrophic disasters like Hurricane Katrina, and Congress should establish a higher threshold for triggering federal disaster declarations and encourage states and local communities to implement responsible public safety and emergency response programs.