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New Administration Announces Plans to Support Emergency Responders

Jan 29, 2009

President Obama’s new agenda for Homeland Security includes several items aimed at supporting the Nation’s emergency responders.
President Obama’s new agenda for Homeland Security includes several items aimed at supporting the Nation’s emergency responders. The Agenda outlines the administration’s priorities for homeland security funding targeted at, among other things, protecting Americans from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

The agenda falls somewhat short on details for implementation but acknowledges the need to “increase federal resources and logistic support to local emergency planning efforts.” Through the appointment of a National Chief Technology Officer, the President expects to improve interoperable communications systems at the federal, state, and local levels. The Agenda also notes a plan to “Further improve coordination between all levels of government, create better evacuation plan guidelines, ensure prompt federal assistance to emergency zones, and increase medical
surge capacity.”

To view the President’s new agenda for homeland security, click here.