New disaster plan tells local communities who's in charge
By Eileen Sullivan
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — State officials will step in and help local communities if they are overwhelmed during a disaster — as they were in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit — according to a new Homeland Security Department plan that tries to clarify who's in charge during emergencies.
But local officials remain in charge of the response before, during and after disasters, the revised plan states.