Public-Private Partnerships in Emergency Management

In the year’s following Hurricane Katrina, federal and state disaster response programs were subjected to a major overhaul in practices to produce a more effective and efficient structure in combating the possibility of devastation. A major consideration in these changes was the role that could [and should] be played by the private sector during a disaster. Solutions that target this lack of utilization in private sector capabilities for disaster response are centered on the premise that government is only part of the solution. Citizen preparedness is essential to any successful response and recovery, and this necessitates the involvement and interaction of the private sector.

To read more on this topic and an example of how the state of Louisiana has begun to integrate state agency disaster response with private business, visit:

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