State-Managed Disasters: Another Perspective


...size or type of disaster, so we’ll continue to make sure that we’re trained and our reservists are ready to execute.

Andrews: Given the budget and other constraints many states face, are there times when the state-led option is not appropriate?

Schulz: Certainly. There’s probably going to be some incrementalism for states that have not been doing state-managed up to this point. They may get their feet wet with one of the three main areas in their first disaster and continue to build capacity. There are constraints in terms of budget and what you can keep trained from a reservist level, for example. There are going to be times, based on the size, scope and type of disaster where state-led is not appropriate for some states.

Andrews: Since North Dakota has managed each disaster since the early 2000s — from your typical $30 million to $35 million events and over-$150 million disasters —does this new guidance change how you will implement state-led...