The Role of the Local Emergency Manager in a Centralized System of Disaster Management
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Centralization in the emergency management framework after September 11, 2001, has been widely debated for its effect on the appropriate roles of government. To better understand the implications of centralization on US disaster management, a nationwide survey of county emergency managers was conducted that identified several issues regarding the expansive federal role in day-to-day operations of local emergency management. Somewhat surprisingly, survey responses of local emergency managers describe the current disaster management framework as a centrally planned function. The results of this survey are further explored through a literature review which examines the role of the local emergency manager, given that he has little autonomy from the federal government.
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