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Government Control During an Emergency

It is characteristic in all major disasters that many regard their role to assess survivors' needs. There may be confusion within government departments about where this responsibility lies.

Health, housing and emergency planning officials have often regarded it as their particular task. In addition, groups such as the military frequently make their own assessments—as do voluntary organizations, and representatives of international agencies. They often do so either to suit their own views and operational policies, or as verification of official assessments which they may be inclined to distrust, or which may not be sufficiently detailed for their purposes.

1. Given this situation, if the government is to maintain full control during disasters can it enter into a close working relationship with all assisting agencies and groups, and still maintain full control?

2. Is it necessary for government to maintain full control during disasters?

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1. Given this situation, if the government is to maintain full control during disasters can it enter into a close working relationship with all assisting agencies and groups, and still maintain full control?

The government must enter into a close working relationship with all assisting agencies and groups in order to remain in full control. FEMA (2015) asserts "the first response to a disaster is the job of local government's emergency services with help from nearby municipalities, the state and volunteer agencies." It is difficult to assess survivors' needs without a familiarity of local situations. It is key for the government to work with those on the scene to understand the extent of damages and also evaluate resources that are available on the scene. At the same time, it is also important to have a central controlling authority, with power, to coordinate the various groups. While this backfired during Hurricane Katrina (the Federal government was slow to react to local needs), it is important that teams work together ...

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This solution discusses in detail if government can and should maintain full control during disasters, and if it should work closely with other agencies and groups and still maintain full control. Includes APA formatted references.

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