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Standing Together: An Emergency Planning Guide for America's Communities

May 17, 2006
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Despite the passage of four full years since September 11, 2001, many small communities in the United States are struggling to meet the mandate for emergency preparedness and response that would enable them to function on their own in the hours or days before help arrives from regional, state, and federal sources. Readiness barriers include lack of clarity about who is responsible for preparedness and response planning, what elements of the planning and response processes are critical, how to coordinate with state and federal emergency management programs, and how to obtain and sustain funding. Whenever or whatever disaster or mass casualty event occurs, community and local response will be key to survival; communities must look to themselves and adjoining communities for answers.

 
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