The Evolution of Federal Emergency Response Since Hurricane Andrew

BY TRACY HUGHES Editor's note: This article was adapted from a paper the author submitted for an Emergency and Disaster Management course at American Public University. Over the past two decades, the United States has had to respond to and recover from numerous disasters, both man-made and natural. After each disaster, studies were conducted to determine if the findings (lessons learned) could be used to improve response and recovery for the next disaster. Each follow-up consisted of case studies, lessons learned, after-action reports, and improvement plans. Sometimes, the federal government stepped in and enacted legislation to provide better organization for future events. My objective ...

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