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Improving emergency preparedness and crisis management capabilities in transportation : year 2.
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    While disaster preparedness and emergency management have had a high public profile over the past decade, Hurricane Katrina revealed serious weaknesses in the United States’ emergency response capabilities. There is thus much left to do before full consolidation of agencies into the Department of Homeland Security and parallel efforts across various levels of government are achieved. This study examined how several functional areas that are not traditionally considered part of the first responder community but still play important roles in emergency response are developing the capabilities necessary to integrate more fully into the country’s emergency management system. Following earlier work on terrorism preparedness and emergency evacuation, the research team focused on how these so-called “second circle” response organizations (including those from the transportation sector) are implementing the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a Congressionally-mandated template for coordinated organization, operational command, and implementation of response. Researchers looked at this issue from national, state, and local perspectives, with significant concentration on the linkages between these levels of government.
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