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Americans have been rightly frustrated by the slow, clumsy response to the Gulf oil spill by both BP and the government. But there is another side to the story: that told by civil servants working nonstop in the Gulf who don’t have the tools they need. I recently had the experience of working with many of these federal and state first-responders through an executive-education program at Harvard focusing on disaster preparedness.


Gergen, David. "When the Next Disaster Hits Will We Be Prepared?" Parade Magazine, August 15, 2010.