Journal report finds disasters challenging government and community partnership
| 11.14.2007 | 08:03:59 | Views: 3953 | ID:
November 14 '07: According to Science Daily, a new report released by the peer-reviewed International Journal of Emergency Management, has said that "an increase in the complexity of disasters [has made] it more difficult to manage a response" between local and state communities and the private sector. The report found, "It will be the responsibility of citizens and local government officials to work together to adapt the programmes [sic] to their communities' preparedness needs."
"In the last 25 years, the researchers point out, the continental USA has issued almost 1000 disaster declarations (902) and been subjected to 442 natural disasters. Among these natural disasters are hurricanes, fires, windstorms, earthquakes, tornados and floods. But, disasters are not limited to natural events," Science Daily wrote.The report, compiled by Colin Falato, Susan Smith, and Tyler Kress from the Health and Safety Programs at the University of Tennessee "suggest that it should be the responsibility of local government officials as well as citizens to work together to adapt the disaster response programs to suit communities' needs," Science Daily reported. And though there have been extensive and concrete movements made by the federal government to coalesce a more unified response, "the rapid response required of a national disaster situation involves training local elected officials in every community to take control in a disaster situation," Science Daily continued. When the roles of response are outlined and coordinated, "then local communities within the USA will truly be better prepared when a local or national disaster, natural or technological occurs," the report concluded.
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