False Conflict: Who's in Charge of National Public Health Catastrophes

Administrative and Regulatory Law News, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 2-3, Spring 2006

U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-47

4 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2006

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Michael Greenberger

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Abstract

Hurricane Katrina renewed an old debate concerning which level of government should lead the response effort to catastrophic disasters. Traditionally, emergency response is handled at the most local level possible. The National Response Plan (NRP) adheres to this tenet, while providing for extensive coordination between the federal government and states and localities, if necessary. In doing so, the NRP provides procedures to ensure that federal assets may be brought to bear, without stomping on the nation's time honored commitment to the principles of federalism.

Keywords: National Response Plan, Hurricane Katrina, Commerce Clause, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, federalism

Suggested Citation

Greenberger, Michael, False Conflict: Who's in Charge of National Public Health Catastrophes. Administrative and Regulatory Law News, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 2-3, Spring 2006, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=951079

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