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Emergency & Disaster Management: FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security


After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, significant change occurred in how the nation prepares for catastrophic events. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, further changes occurred in the emergency management paradigm.


For this assignment, write a minimum 5–6 page paper on whether you believe FEMA should remain under DHS, or once again be a Cabinet level agency that reports directly to the President of the United States. Special attention should be given to which organizational structure will allow FEMA to be the most successful in their mission.

Tasks:Describe the history, successes, and failures of both FEMA and DHSDiscuss how both 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina changed FEMAMake an argument for whether you believe FEMA should remain under DHS or be a Cabinet level agency again.

Submit your answers in a 5- to 6-page Microsoft Word document


 Assignment 3 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Described key historical milestones for FEMA45Described key historical milestones for DHS45Critiqued the impact of 9/11 and Katrina on FEMA75Discussed the benefits and challenges in the placement of FEMA in or out of DHS75Used the correct spelling, grammar, and professional vocabulary10Total: 250



Be sure to cite all sources and use in-text citations in APA style.

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