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Apr 29

When Disaster Strikes! - Public Support for State and Local Government Response

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Various types of public support are available to state and local governments outside of the traditional emergency procedures. There are 6 to 10 million emergency responders in the United States that could potentially show up at the scene of a disaster. These include volunteers, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Our program will address how well state and local governments are prepared to tap the vast human resources of dedicated and talented Americans who stand ready to meet the threat of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

More About the Speakers

Welcome and Introductory Remarks:

James Jay Carafano
Senior Research Fellow,
National Defense and Homeland Security,
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Keynote Address:

Mike Brown
Under Secretary for
Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security

Panel - Models for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Programs:

John Brinkerhoff
Adjunct Research Staff Member,
Institute for Defense Analyses

Joseph T. Hughes, Jr.
Director, Worker Education and Training Program, Department of Health and Human Services

Bill Irwin
Emergency response Planner,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Office of Homeland Security

Moderator:
James Jay Carafano
Senior Research Fellow,
National Defense and Homeland Security,
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation