New legal guide for emergency managers from DTRA

In the midst of coordinating agencies and assuming roles in emergency response, federal, state and local agencies have found that rules governing their jurisdiction and legal authority to act are not always evident. In response,the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has published its first legal guide, “Domestic WMD Incident Management Legal Deskbook”, a reference manual designed to provide clear and immediate answers. Authors anticpate that as new laws and response plans are initiated, the manual will be updated to reflect changes. The guidebook can be viewed at

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