During Week 2 we explored the debate concerning the federal role in local disasters (Recall that the first federal involvement in a local disaster occurred 1802 after a fire in Portsmouth, NH). While the nation now expects a federal response, the debate about the federal role continues.
To answer this week’s discussion question, I ask you to complete two tasks in sequence. First, Search “abolish FEMA” on the Internet. Explore the arguments. Second, skim “Stafford Act Declarations 1953-2014: Trends, Analyses, and Implications for Congress” which is included in the Other Resources folder within the Week 2 module.
Once you’ve completed your review, please answer the following questions and post your response on the discussion board: