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Emergency managers focus on preparation for potential emergencies, disasters, and catastrophic events and coordinating the responses to those events. Emergency managers are the experts in the field of emergency management, and as experts, they are often called upon to provided information and advice to policy makers such as city managers, city councils, police chiefs and their staffs, fire chiefs and their staffs, and private-sector stakeholders.
You are an emergency manager in a medium-sized city, and you have been asked by your city manager to provide the city council with some important information that will better facilitate its decision making on seeking and accepting state and federal grants, many of which have matching funds. However, many members of the city council are very concerned about the possible loss of local control that they believe may result if the city accepts outside funding.
Your assignment is to create an informational memorandum of 650-900 words (not counting your cover page and bibliography) for your city council that outlines how federal, state, and local first responders coordinate their efforts when responding to disasters.
Who holds the most authority and responsibility in emergency management? Why?
What is the primary purpose of the state and federal levels with regard to emergency management response? Explain.
What is the role of DHS with regard to emergency management response? Explain.
What is the role of FEMA with regard to emergency management response? Explain.
Provide and describe 2-3 examples of federal, state, local, and private integration efforts, and explain why they were successful in their emergency response.
You should use APA citation style and ensure that you include a reference list.
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City council role during emergency response:
In case of emergency response, our city council has very well planned and strategic outlook towards the response mechanism. Firstly the local responders will immediately respond to the situation and will take up all the necessary actions to help the victims and to bring back to normalcy to all the affected resources due to the disaster.
For almost any type of the disaster, the first people to respond at the field level are the local responders under the leadership of the emergency manger. The field staff that support the emergency manager are the emergency coordinators and other volunteers.
In any case if the degree of the damage is uncontrollable to be tackled by the local responders, the state and the national emergency response agencies will be contacted by the local responders and then the state and central teams will involve in the emergency relief operations with more resources and with capabilities. As far as the authority is considered the national teams will possess more authority as they are well equipped and resourced to tackle the situation.