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Listen to Richard Sylves on his interview from “Homeland Security Inside & Out” Click Here to ListenRichard Sylves Interview Interview from ‘Homeland Security Inside and Out’ which airs on KAMU. Interview air date: May 20, 2008. In this groundbreaking book, long-time expert and scholar in the field of disaster management, Richard Sylves, comprehensively surveys the field of emergency management while building on his original research and sharing his insider knowledge. Providing much needed synthesis of the field's major findings, scholarship, and current developments, Sylves structures the book with an analytical framework that focuses on the challenge of effective intergovernmental relations—both across levels of government and across types of disasters—to guide readers through instructive and important political history as well as recent crises. Whether for an undergraduate studying the topic for the first time or a practitioner looking for professional development, Disaster Policy and Politics will prove to be a highly readable, informative text and handbook aimed at laying a foundation of knowledge and know-how. Ten chapters offer, among other topics: a contextual history of disaster policy and politics; a discussion of global issues and influences; an exploration of the politics of planning and funding for the next disaster; a look to the future, to where emergency management goes from here, including its maturation into a profession. A valuable learning resource available with the book is a website sponsored by the Public Entity Risk Institute that tracks presidential disaster declarations issued for every state and county from 1953 through 2006.

Intergovernmental Relations in Disaster Policy
Intergovernmental relations in disaster policy

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE ON DIFFERENT LEVELS OF government must work together to address a disaster or emergency? Emergency management is by its very nature intergovernmental and intercommunity—it requires government agencies and officials to coordinate and cooperate with each other on the same level and across levels. It also requires that communities cooperate and coordinate in preparing for, and responding to, a disaster.

In the United States many policies are implemented through intergovernmental relations. As a term, “intergovernmental relations” defines the interaction of federal, state, and local officials and officials of the private and nonprofit sectors, as they collectively implement public policy. The term includes special district governments as well as general-purpose governments. General-purpose governments are ...

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