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Western Governors Association Weighs in on Disaster Preparedness and Response

Governors are recognizing how disasters are becoming more important to them and their states.

Basically, they are recognizing the issue and looking to the federal government for more help. There are two major sections to the document: Background and then a Governors’ Policy Statement.

Streamlining the application process for the multiple grant programs is one major request that they are making to the federal government. It is very complicated and requires specialization within the emergency management discipline.

See the description below and then the link to the actual document.

WGA Policy Resolution 2021-06, Disaster Preparedness and Response: This updated resolution recognizes the important role Governors have in coordinating the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It recognizes the important federal role in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies, and emphasizes the need for cooperation and clear communication between federal, state, territorial, local, and tribal governments and between governments and their constituents. In any disaster or emergency situation, good communication is key to developing and executing an effective response from governments, promoting public confidence in those response actions, and empowering citizens to make informed decisions about their safety and welfare. Read, download the resolution.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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