Too Much Focus on Terrorism?

By Marta Roberts

A recent GAO report that predated Katrina is nonetheless right on point in looking at the dangers of a federal response effort that focuses too heavily on terrorism. The report, DHS’ Efforts to Enhance First Responders’ All-Hazards Capabilities Continue to Evolve, analyzed the effectiveness of an all-hazards approach to emergency response and found that in some cases state preparedness officials and first responders were frustrated by DHS’s emphasis on grant funding related to terrorism. The officials said they would like to “acquire dual use equipment and training that might be used for emergency events that occur more regularly in their jurisdictions in addition to supporting terrorism preparedness.” @ For the full report go to SM Online.

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