A Bad Time for Disaster: Economic Stress and Disaster Resilience
Robert Lee Skertich
Point Park University School of Business; University of Pittsburgh Center for Disaster Management
David E. A. Johnson
Missouri State University - Political Science Dept
Louise K. Comfort
University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA
August 30, 2010
Local governments face threats from natural and man-made disasters, but tightening budgets create difficulty in developing the resource and information capacity to meet these challenges. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the federal government provided a variety of grants for equipment and system development, but those funding sources have changed. Local governments can improve their public safety and health preparedness and response capacity through intergovernmental cooperation efforts and robust information sharing. These actions enable local governments to develop resilience to extreme events, or the capacity to adapt to sudden, urgent demands more effectively.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: disaster, emergency management, public safety, municipal budgeting, economic stress, resiliency
JEL Classification: D73, D79, G38, H11, H51, H72, H77, I10working papers series
Date posted: September 1, 2010
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