State Emergency Management: New Realities in a Homeland Security World

While 2002 was a year of tremendous change for the emergency management community, year 2003 represents a “settling in” period for the implications of homeland security on the nation’s level of preparedness for all hazards. Threats to traditional funding for emergency management and an influx of federal grants funds for everything from haz-mat suits to radio equipment are creating unique challenges for states as they try to maintain a focus on  allhazards preparedness.

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About the Author
Amy C. Hughes is a policy analyst for the National Emergency Management Association, an affiliate of The Council of State Governments. She is responsible for national policy research and analysis, publications and promoting information exchange between states on emergency management and homeland security issues.