Local Government Contingency Planning for Public Security and Public Safety – Innovative and Remedial Efforts
Local communities often experience a shortage of supplies after 2 days of responding to an emergency. Sugar Land, TX, was instrumental in creating along with neighboring communities a Regional Logistics Center that was to be managed by a private company. The area in effect established a public–private partnership to handle more effectively the management of supplies. The city’s leadership was also instrumental in helping to develop a prototype agreement for distant cities to provide aid in emergency situations. The agreement is an attempt to resolve state sovereignty issues that delayed responses to Hurricane Katrina. Baltimore, MD, and Trenton, NJ, have a mutual aid agreement.