In a Disaster, the Buck Stops Here (Part 1 of 2) - Grades 10-12

April 6, 2020
DESCRIPTION: In this session, Jackie and Jeremy will discuss the role of the three branches of government in disasters. They will provide an overview of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (otherwise known as the Stafford Act), the legislative and executive processes of emergency management, and how the judicial system can initiate systemic changes. Jackie and Jeremy will also spend time exploring how these things are beginning to change in response to recent disasters.

Related: In a Disaster, the Buck Stops Here (Part 2)

Presenter: Jackie Ratner, Senior Project Manager, and Jeremy Brooks, Senior Program Coordinator, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Target Audience: Grades 10 - 12


This is a fabulous series. Thanks so much for your hard work to conceptualize and organize it! - Barbara, educator, Newark, NJ


1. Family training tool - Use this web-based tool to help you and your family make an emergency preparedness plan.

2. U.S. Natural Hazards Index - The first step in disaster preparedness is to know your risks. Explore this web-based index to determine what risks you might face.