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Grassroots Disaster Response: Harnessing the Capacities of Communities

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Publication Date: December 2007

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

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Jennifer A. Marshall; Lauren Calco Hammond

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Environment (Natural disasters)
Social conditions (Safety and security)

Keywords: National security; homeland security; DHS; catastrophic disaster

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The survivors of a major disaster require immediate, personal relief, and the government is simply not equipped to provide for all of these needs, especially survivors' spiritual needs. By partnering with faith-based and community groups before a disaster, America's local, state, and federal governments can help survivors receive a higher quality of immediate attention and guarantee long-term support.