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Jul 20

Preparing for Disaster: U.S. Disaster Response Policy and Areas for Reform

As summer drags on and we move through hurricane season, concerns about the inevitable severe tropical storm grow. Together with other disasters, the federal government should be evaluating how well prepared the U.S. is to respond to a national disaster.

Have we implemented the lessons learned from the government’s response to natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and from pandemics like the 2013-2014 Ebola outbreak? What is the state of the federal government’s emergency preparedness systems and response plans? What role does the military play and how can they best support civil authorities? How could the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) be improved to strengthen U.S. disaster response capabilities?

Join us for a discussion regarding the state of disaster preparedness in the United States, as we host a panel of experts who will examine current U.S. disaster policy and potential areas for reform.

More About the Speakers

David Inserra
Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, The Heritage Foundation

Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, The George Washington University

James Ross
Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Response Branch Chief, Department of Defense

Hosted By

Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy Read More