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Heritage Event: Grassroots Response: Citizens Taking Care of Citizens During Disasters

Recorded on August 24, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The efforts of the private sector - from individual volunteers to Fortune 500 corporations to charitable and faith-based organizations - represent the best of America's response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath. Often working with federal, state, and local government agencies, the private sector demonstrated its ability to flexibly deliver immediate assistance, even (or perhaps especially) during the largest emergencies. Recent scientific research on disaster response strongly suggests that a multijurisdictional, public-private approach should be the cornerstone of all national response efforts.

Join us as a panel of experts from both the private and public sectors discusses their own involvement in - and lessons learned from - public-private efforts to respond to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.