Crucial Federal Mass Casualty Preparedness Program Faces Elimination Amidst Decline In National Readiness

November 9, 2011
by Anthony Kimery
Homeland Security Today

A panoply of reports in recent months by public emergency preparedness advocacy groups and the federal government have reported that there's been a serious decline in federal preparedness efforts and capabilities to respond to a mass casualty event - especially a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) or a natural pathogenic outbreak.

Meanwhile, though, an important federal emergency prepardness grant program for states and local governments, the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) that's administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), faces abolishment by House and Senate appropriators if they do not restore funding for MMRS in the joint House/Senate conference committee that will iron out the differences between the two legislative chambers' respective FY 2012 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorization bills.

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