Accession Number:

ADA454043

Title:

Emergency Management Preparedness Standards: Overview and Options for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-04

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The report issued by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States also referred to as the 911 Commission identifies emergency response gaps evident after the attacks of September 11, 2001. While heroic actions that day saved thousands of people, many lives were lost, in part because standard procedures were not in place, or were not followed, and standardized technologies were not used by participating agencies. To correct these deficiencies, the 911 Commission report includes recommendations that emergency response standards be adopted nationwide. The report includes three recommendations that focus on emergency response standards 1 the adoption and use of emergency response standards for incident command, 2 mutual aid provisions concerning liability and indemnification of responders, and 3 private sector preparedness. Through enactment of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 P.L. 108-458 Congress addressed these recommendations. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has taken action to establish standards to improve emergency response capabilities. General agreement appears to exist on the intent of the 911 Commissions recommendations in this policy area -- improvement of the nations emergency response capabilities. During the 109th Congress, the policy debate might be extended to include discussion of the implications and consequences of adopting the 911 Commissions recommendations and implementing federal standards. This report presents background information on the commissions findings, on emergency response standards, and on options Congress might consider to address issues related to emergency preparedness standards. This report will be updated as legislative developments and administrative actions warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Defense
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE