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Technology and Levels of Government

For this assignment, you will research and examine an actual emergency situation of your choosing (either a man-made or natural disaster) occurring within the last 8 years that required interaction among the local, state, and national levels. The research and examination should be reported in a paper written from the position of a local emergency management employee assigned to draft a report to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This assignment will require research into the authority, responsibility, and technological capabilities of FEMA.

Within the past 8 years, there have been many catastrophes, not necessarily involving terrorist acts but requiring crisis management resources. Examples include Hurricane Katrina; the 2010 oil well explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; the broken natural gas pipeline and resulting explosion in San Bruno, California; and major wildfires in California, Colorado, and other states, to name a few.

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in a report of 750–1,000 words:
    • Briefly describe and summarize the event.
      • When did the event occur, and what happened?
      • Were there any casualties or injuries?
      • Was there any environmental damage? If so, explain
      • What was the primary cause of the event? Explain.
    • What intergovernmental jurisdictions were involved? How were they coordinated? Explain.
    • What types of technology were used during the response and recovery phases? Summarize them.
    • What tools, equipment, or technology could have significantly improved relief efforts? How?
      • Were any special technologies or scientific developments used to restore the situation back to normal? If so, explain.
      • Who should be responsible for funding and providing the tools, equipment, and technology—federal, state, or local governments? Why?
    • Were there any coordination problems, such as interagency communication or conflict? Why or why not?
    • What types of forecasting technologies could have been or were used in the event you selected? Explain.
      • Were they effective? Why or why not?
    • What conclusions and recommendations could you make? Explain.
  • Compile your responses in the final report, and submit the file to your instructor.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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