Preparedness, Response, & Resilience HSPI Issue Briefs Archive

Dependence on Non-Profits During Major Disaster Relief: A Risky Dilemma (PDF)

January 30, 2009

Non-profits have been a key resource for survivors of disasters in the United States and around the world for many years. People depend on them and expect them to be there when a disaster strikes. But what happens when the disaster is too large and beyond the capability of local communities and non-profits to manage?

Hey Good Samaritans—Get A Lawyer! (PDF)

January 30, 2009

We cannot afford to have volunteers sit on the sidelines when disaster strikes. In the event of a major disaster such as a terrorist attack, law enforcement and emergency response personnel will be overwhelmed—and, if anything, Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that we cannot wait around for FEMA to show up.