The Federal Government's Potential Power to Coordinate or Take State Assets During Emergencies

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There is confusion among some state emergency management officials regarding whether the Stafford Act and eminent domain laws prevent the federal government from commandeering or taking state resources during certain emergency situations. The Stafford Act indeed allows the federal government to coordinate state response efforts under dire circumstances.

The full article (in pdf form below) by CHHS Law & Policy Analyst Raymond Shin appeared in the May/June 2011 edition of the Journal of Emergency Management.

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