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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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