National Response Framework

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Natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural events, as well as accidental and deliberate man-made hazard will continue to impact our earth for thousands of years to come. These hazards have killed millions of people in the United States, and millions more have suffered the loss of home, health, family members, friends, and even have endured economic hardship. In fact, it would be nice if our leaders and communities could stop the earth from shaking, tornadoes from destroying homes, and floods from engulfing homes. This would allow us to stop the loss of homes, family members, friends, health, and the economic hardship. However, it is impossible to stop any of these natural and man-made hazards from occurring and the cost of disaster rising into the billions of dollars. Therefore, it is very important that our government at all levels, non-government, the private sector, and individuals, take steps to decrease hazard by implementing pre-disasters plans. These pre-disaster plans will reduce the amount of devastation to a local or state community. In any event, emergency management is a discipline that involves preparing for a natural, man-made, deliberate, or accidental disaster before it occurs. It is about disaster response (ex. emergency evacuation, quarantine, mass decontamination, etc.), as well as supporting, and rebuilding society after disasters have occurred. It is “a discipline that deals with risk and risk avoidance” (Haddow, Bullock, & Coppola, 2011, pg. 2). The United States first governmental emergency management intervention occurred in 1803. Since, groups of dedicated people have come together to plan, manage, and coordinate disasters at the state level through their emergency management agency (EMA). At the local level, communities plan for disasters with the help of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines and disaster specialists. As a result, the...
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