But the Bush administration doesn't want terrorists -- or state governments -- finding out about it.
So, the Bush administration worked out their plan in secret. And state leaders also report their input has been largely ignored.
State disaster response people say the parts of the plan the Bush administration did let state leaders see is a step backward because it sets no guidelines for how states and the feds are supposed to coordinate response. (WaPo)
"In my 19 years in emergency management, I have never experienced a more polarized environment between state and federal government." -- Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma's emergency management chief and president of a national association of state emergency managers quoted in the Washington Post