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.