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National Disaster Planning Slowed by Inadequate Interagency Process

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Publication Date: October 2007

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

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

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)

Keywords: Homeland defense; homeland security; FEMA; interagency

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Six years after 9/11, the federal government still lacks a comprehensive regime for planning and preparing for large-scale disasters. Fixing the problem will require renewed vigor from the Administration in setting clear policy guidelines, particularly in implementing a National Exercise Program, emphasizing the priority of interagency disaster preparedness for the National Planning Scenarios, and improving professional development.