The Role Of The Federal Government In Disaster Relief

The Role Of The Federal Government In Disaster Relief

President Obama called the tornado that tore through Oklahoma on Monday one of the most destructive in history. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured and neighborhoods flattened. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was immediately...

President Obama called the tornado that tore through Oklahoma on Monday one of the most destructive in history. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured and neighborhoods flattened. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was immediately dispatched to the scene to provide relief and resources, as they frequently do in these kinds of disasters. But despite the calls for help from local officials, back in D.C., the politics surrounding federal assistance has already heated up. The role of the government in disaster relief and the effectiveness of federal aid.

Guests

Harold Brooks

research meteorologist at NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab.

Steve Ellis

vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Mark Merritt

senior vice president of recovery services at Witt O'Brien's, a crisis management and disaster response group. He was a FEMA official in the Clinton Administration.

Saundra Schneider

professor and director of the master's of public policy program at Michigan State University.

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