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FEMA and Federalism: Washington Is Moving in the Wrong Direction

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Publication Date: May 2007

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

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Matt A. Mayer

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Social conditions (Safety and security)

Keywords: Homeland defense; federalism; DHS; FEMA

Type: Report

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.