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The Discussion board posts answers this question: Terrorism preparedness and re
The Discussion board posts answers this question: Terrorism preparedness and response (and attempts to prevent terrorism altogether) have added significant strain to already stretched state and local budgets. If local governments determine their own level of risk/vulnerability and act accordingly, other programs will suffer as a result of budget reallocations. Should local governments establish minimum standards and levels of preparedness, regardless of the impact on other programs? Consider and discuss the following: What duty is owed by a local government for the protection/safety of its citizens? If there is a duty to protect, how should that duty be balanced against other duties of government? What options are available to meet the requirements of public safety, given the increased demands on scarce resources? (Be creative, think “outside the box.”) And We submitted our original posts monday and I have to reply to one of my classtamates. I need at least 200 words. I will post this post below that I have to reply to. Classmates post: All local governments should establish a minimum standard and level of preparedness towards anti-terrorism. Whether or not a certain state is less likely to have terrorist attacks conducted in their geographical area or not, everyone is vulnerable to a terrorist attack, and it is up to the government to act accordingly. Local government oversees the protection and governance of their people. Just like any other disaster taken place in a state, the local government must have scenarios prepared to maintain their citizens health and safety. “States have the political and constitutional mandate to prepare for and coordinate the response to disaster situations throughout their state jurisdictions” (IOM, 2009). Individual citizens can only do so much to prepare themselves for natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Local governments need to continuously have money disbursed properly to departments focused on preparing for disaster situations. Likewise, just because money and time may be focused in areas of disaster prevention it does not mean other programs will be les funded. “For every dollar invested in actions to reduce disaster losses, the nation saves about $$ in future costs” (It Pays to Prepare for Natural Disasters, n.d.) I believe if the local government’s duty is to always protect their citizens than safety and disaster preparation is paramount over other concerns and programs. But this does not mean to remove other concerns at the local government level. There must be an order of most important to least important, to properly serve the community. To meet these requirements for safety, the federal government needs to offer the training and funding for that training of local law enforcement in areas of anti-terrorism and disaster prevention, to enhance local capability and catapult the rest of the state into proper preparedness of disasters. “With this said, a case can be made that enhancing state and local-level intelligence investigation and analysis is the most critical and cost-effective way of addressing the dire circumstances presented in the DOD observation about the inevitability of CBRNE attack. That enhancement can be best achieved through the training and funding of local and state law enforcement officers working in counterterror bureaus in those areas where Intelligence Fusion Center’s (IFC’S) exist” (Counterterrorism: The Roles of Federal, State and Local Agencies - Foreign Policy Research Institute, n.d.)

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