Interagency Coperation : FEMA and DOD in Domestic Support Operations

In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, interagency cooperation between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) was examined. FEMA, the lead agency in responding to the disaster, coordinated the efforts of 26 government agencies and the American Red Cross. DOD assumed a much greater role when FEMA’s original relief efforts fell short of residents’ expectations. This paper focuses on the evolution of doctrine and procedures for responding to disasters. While FEMA and DOD have improved their response capability, funding pre-disaster activities and the inability to use Reserve forces are the two most significant remaining shortcomings. FEMA also failed to quickly integrate lessons learned from previous disasters which had a negative impact on response and relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58p

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  • Accession Number: 01594289
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2016 12:33PM