Government response to COVID-19: Gaps revealed




disaster management, public health crisis, disaster preparedness


Drawing on the diverse perspectives of four emergency management professionals and a public administration academic, gaps revealed by our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are discussed. These gaps range from political theory regarding our government system of federalism to fundamental questions around the public communication of risk management and the provision of mass shelter and care.

Author Biographies

Tom Barth, PhD

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

Kevin Staley, MPA

Part-Time Instructor, MPA Program, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina; Member, FEMA National Advisory Council, Charlotte, North Carolina

Chris Gonyar, MPA

Director of Emergency Management, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

John Combs, MPA

Federal Employee, Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Army Wellness Center, Department of Public Health, Charlotte, North Carolina

Shawn Kiley, MPA

Senior Corporate Business Continuity Consultant, Enterprise Risk Management, TIAA, Charlotte, North Carolina


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How to Cite

Barth, PhD, T., K. Staley, MPA, C. Gonyar, MPA, J. Combs, MPA, and S. Kiley, MPA. “Government Response to COVID-19: Gaps Revealed”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 19, no. 7, Oct. 2021, pp. 127-32, doi:10.5055/jem.0592.