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Preparation and Response: Ensuring America's Recovery

Recorded on September 30, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Part of the recently established Department of Homeland Security, the Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response is charged with improving the national response to disasters, whether natural, man-made, or terrorist. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) serves as the foundation for the new organization. Also included in the directorate are the Strategic National (medical) Stockpile and the National Disaster Medical System, the Domestic Emergency Support Teams, and the National Domestic Preparedness Office. While focusing on assisting state and local emergency responders, the directorate is also tasked with developing and coordinating the national disaster response plans. In the event of a catastrophe or terrorist attack, the directorate provides state and local governments with a singular Federal contact to request assistance and coordinate support.

Please join us as Under Secretary Michael Brown discusses the directorate's latest initiatives to enhance domestic preparedness for responding to terrorist attacks.