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Dealing with Disasters: The Appropriate Role of the States and the Federal Government

Recorded on October 18, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Two large hurricanes - Katrina and Rita - have put local, state and federal officials under the spotlight, raising a critical question: Should the role of the federal government be to augment local and state disaster response resources, or to lead the preparation and response efforts? Should the military have a more central role in rescue and recovery? These central questions, and others, will be discussed by a governor who took a leadership role both in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and during all phases of the response to Hurricane Rita.

Join us as Governor Rick Perry of Texas shares his views on the future of the federal role in emergency response.