March 11, 2009
In new research published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, New York University Professor Mitchell Moss explains that the cornerstone Federal disaster relief legislation, the Robert T. Stafford Act, is dangerously out of date, and must be reformed to provide for rapid relief after a catastrophe.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, and six years after the September 11 attacks, the Federal government still lacks the legal authority to provide rapid financial assistance to residents, small businesses and municipal governments following a major disaster, according to the Journal article (Vol. 6 : Issue 1, Article 13, January 2009).
Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, faults the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for:
Moss recommends that Congress:
“It is time for Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to respond to the catastrophes that we face in the twenty-first century,” writes Professor Moss. “We face serious threats of biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear attacks that require fundamental reform of the Stafford Act. The time for action is now; we must create a new set of policies that can protect the nation from the risks of the modern era.”
The research was conducted under the auspices of New York University’s Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR).
CCPR Director Brad Penuel underscored the importance of Professor Moss’ work.
“CCPR’s report is a significant contribution to the dialogue on making America safer in times of catastrophe, be it from a natural event or one derived from human actions. I applaud the findings of this report and Professor Moss for highlighting the role academia can play in understanding politically and socially complex issues like disaster preparedness and response,” he said.
The full report is available at http://www.nyu.edu/ccpr/.
The Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) was founded in 2002 at New York University as a university-wide, cross-disciplinary center to improve preparedness and response capabilities to catastrophic events, including terrorism, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. Drawing on resources from NYU’s fourteen schools and engaging over sixty faculty and staff, CCPR facilitates research projects that address issues ranging from first responder capacities during crisis, to public health response, to legal issues relating to security, to private sector crisis management and business continuity. CCPR is a national resource with added focus on the unique issues related to emergency preparedness and response in the urban environment. More information about CCPR is available at www.nyu.edu/ccpr.
Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University, which is composed of 14 schools, colleges, and divisions, occupies five major centers in Manhattan. It operates branch campus and research programs in other parts of the United States and abroad, as well as study abroad programs in more than 25 countries.
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