Intergovernmental relations are used to coordinate between and among the various levels of federal, state, and local governments in response to human-made and natural disasters. In other words, it describes the relative roles, responsibilities, and amounts of influence in disaster preparedness between the various governments at different levels, and how they work with each other. Intergovernmental relations and disaster preparedness require that different positions or actors perform sub-tasks of each decision in a sequential order, versus collaboration, where team members from different levels of government must cooperate throughout all stages of the disaster management cycles (preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery).

Relations on the Ground

Mutual aid agreements, federal and local disaster response, and homeland security all represent the varying levels and complexity of intergovernmental relations. The use ...

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