Building the Homeland Security Enterprise: States Must Lead Emergency Management Efforts
Recorded on August 18, 2009
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Over the last seventeen years, there has been an increasing
tendency by states to look to the federal government for help with
natural disasters no matter how small. As FEMA spends every
2.8 days on a new declaration, its resources are stretched thin,
which undermines preparedness activities for nationally
catastrophic events. At the same time, with Washington, D.C.
paying, states divert emergency management funding to other more
chronic issues like education, transportation, and welfare.
This trend only ensures that the country will be unprepared and
unable to respond effectively to the next major catastrophe.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
recently commented on the importance of federalism in protecting
America. Having trumpeted the importance of federalism, we
couldn't agree more with Secretary Napolitano that states and
localities play the crucial role in America's disaster response
efforts. Please join us as Nancy Dragani, President of the
National Emergency Management Association and Director of the Ohio
Emergency Management Agency, speaks on the role of state and local
governments in disaster response, and what necessary steps must be
taken to ensure that we adhere more fully to the maxim: "All
disasters are local."