Future Challenges of State Emergency Management

The mission of emergency management has expanded in recent years beyond traditional disaster preparedness and response. A strengthened national program incorporating today’s all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness is needed if states are to meet the evolving challenges of overall public safety and domestic security. The challenge of terrorism preparedness, in particular, is to avoid creating a separate response mechanism for terrorist events, and to focus on enhancing the nation’s existing emergency-management system, which has been tested and proven effective in the nation’s largest disasters.

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About the Author
Trina Hembree is executive director of the National Emergency Management Association  (NEMA), an affiliate of The Council of State Governments. NEMA represents state directors of emergency management in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. She is the author and editor of several national publications and articles and frequently lectures on emergency management.