After Hurricane Sandy: Time to Learn and Implement the Lessons in Preparedness, Response, and Resilience
by Steven P. Bucci, et al.
The Heritage Foundation
October 28, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must no longer be made to respond to all manner of routine disasters, so that when truly catastrophic disasters strike, such as Hurricane Sandy, FEMA and its pocketbook are prepared. Where FEMA failed in its response efforts and overall preparedness, the National Guard and Coast Guard excelled. Ensuring that such success continues in the future requires that both Guards receive the resources they need. More responsibility should be returned to the states in terms of disaster response and recovery. So too, the vital role of the local community, civil society, and the private sector must not be overlooked. These lessons should have been learned before—from Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf oil spill—yet the nation continues to fall short in terms of planning for catastrophic disaster response and recovery.