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Homeland Security

Disaster Response

Accepting Foreign Disaster Relief: Recent Lessons

The U.S. is known around the world for sending help when disasters strike. Although other nations have been just as quick to offer aid in response to recent U.S. disasters, the U.S. needs to better respond to foreign offers of aid. Read More.

Federalizing Disaster a Poor Choice for All Involved

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been responding to almost any natural disaster around the country, be it a contained three-county flood, or a catastrophe of near-epic proportions like Hurricane Katrina. Read More.

DHS Grant Guidelines Make Sense

The Department of Homeland Security should be applauded for slashing Urban Area Security Initiative eligibility in fiscal year 2011. Read More.

Under America's federalism principle, the states should be primarily responsible for most of the disaster response activities across America. Yet, over the last two decades, the federal government has nationalized an increasing number of natural disasters. This nationalization has undermined state and local capabilities.

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Experts on Disaster Response

  • James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. img James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

    Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow