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Rethinking Emergency Management


From Hurricanes and Floods to Pandemics and Bioterrorism: How Can We Get the Most Out of Private-Public Partnerships? Last year, the U.S. experienced 37 major catastrophic events – the highest number in more than a decade – emphasizing the importance of a strong, integrated public-private response to disasters. The post-Hurricane Katrina environment spurred numerous activities seeking to create or strengthen bonds between public and private sector emergency management groups. Efforts have focused on resolving critical gaps in state or metropolitan public sector response capabilities to large-scale bioterrorism attacks, pandemic disease management and catastrophic natural disasters. While substantial and tangible progress has been made, public and private sector leaders need to examine the outcomes and lessons learned and continue to evolve and expand collaborative efforts. Moreover, as initiatives continue to grow, establishing a framework to share, refine and scale capabilities is the logical next step in the evolution of public-private emergency management. Strengthening Bonds Between