Strategies for National Emergency Preparedness and Response: Integrating Homeland Security
With continued threats of terrorism facing the country, states are struggling to maintain basic public safety programs while taking on the additional responsibility — and costs — of homeland security. The year 2002 produced a National Strategy for Homeland Security and legislation creating a new federal Department of Homeland Security, but little funding has been provided to support enhanced preparedness efforts by states. It will be important for states to think and plan regionally, utilize mutual aid and leverage limited resources to meet the challenge of making communities safe from terrorism and natural disasters.
About the Authors
Trina Hembree is the executive director of the National Emergency Management Association, 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 and homeland security.
Amy Hughes is a policy analyst for NEMA with responsibilities for national policy research andanalysis, publications and promoting information exchange between states on emergency management and homeland security.