The fundamental issue concerning government's role in disaster is a question of responsibility. If the role of disaster mitigation falls squarely on the shoulders of the federal government, there remains the question of who then directs state and local governments, as well as private enterprises, additionally providing the necessary resources for such a large-scale mitigation effort. Such a plan must be examined for its feasibility. It has also been posited that the role of the federal government is to serve as more of a supervisory and regulatory role, and the onus of mitigation is to be placed on state governments and private enterprises. Others suggest there should be no centralized role at all.

The Federalist Approach

Advocates of a federalist approach to the government's role in ...

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