Publication Date: May 2007
Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Matt A. Mayer
Research Area: Social conditions
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.