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US Department of Homeland Security Stakeholders Summit: Review of the White House Report “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned”

Related: Global Stability and Security, Sustainability and Resilience

Meridian Institute helped to design and facilitate a summit hosted by the Under Secretary of Preparedness for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the summit was to solicit feedback from state, local, and tribal representatives on a White House report entitled The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned. Held in March 2006, the summit involved 60 representatives from state homeland security and emergency management offices; national associations of local, tribal, and state governments; and first responder organizations; along with selected DHS and White House staff.

The report outlined 125 recommendations for improving federal preparedness and response to national disasters. Participants shared their reactions to these recommendations, with an emphasis on 11 categories that required the most immediate action. The day included in-depth plenary and work group discussions with senior DHS officials, including a final plenary discussion with Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, George Foresman, Under Secretary for Preparedness, and Ken Rapuano, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.