On the Brink: Re-engineering the Nation's Disaster Response Processes

October 18, 2011

Published: July 1, 2008 

Content: 27 essays by emergency-response experts representing corporations, local chambers of commerce, federal and local government, academe, and humanitarian-aid organization

Contact: Kitty Taylor, 202-463-3133

Executive Summary:

An increasing number of businesses and their partners are interested in redefining the goals of disaster management.

Building on experiences from Hurricane Katrina and other major disasters, BCLC and the companies involved in the Disaster Assistance and Recovery program are working toward a holistic approach to disaster response.

We want to enable communities to recover faster and rebuild better.

This issue is much larger than the business community. It is much larger than the voluntary sector and it is even larger than FEMA. It requires new attitudes and fresh thinking on the part of local, state, and federal government authorities.

As this publication will show, some organizations in every sector are taking steps to re-engineer the disaster response process.

Much still needs to be done. We have not yet reached a tipping point. Many systems are still rooted in older ways of doing things. We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go to improve our nation's capacity to effectively respond to disasters.