Sunday, September 04, 2005

Just For the Record

This shouldn't be necessary.

But because we have children in national political leadership who blame, point fingers and spin responsibility, here's the facts on responsibility during disasters (hint, it's not state and local officials who are primarily responsible):

Department of Homeland Security:

Emergencies & Disasters
Preparing America

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.


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