The historical challenges facing emergency management and homeland security


  • David A. McEntire, PhD



Disaster policy, emergency management, homeland security, challenges, and future opportunities


This article discusses thirteen challenges facing emergency management and homeland security. These include the tension between national security and the all-hazards approach, apathy, the disconnect between development and disasters, the subsidization of risk, the paper plan syndrome, a reactive approach, a firstresponder orientation, limited budgets, insufficient personnel, heavy work loads, political appointees, poor management, and politics. The article concludes with a discussion and recommendations for the future.

Author Biography

David A. McEntire, PhD

Emergency Administration and Planning, Department of Public Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.


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How to Cite

McEntire, PhD, D. A. “The Historical Challenges Facing Emergency Management and Homeland Security”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 5, no. 4, July 2007, pp. 17-22, doi:10.5055/jem.2007.0011.