At the 2023 NGA Annual Meeting, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Co-Chairs of the Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force, hosted a policy discussion on how Governors can prepare for and respond to concurrent crises.
The discussion was part of NGA’s Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force, one of NGA’s three Governor-led task forces designed to foster a collaborative environment for Governors to focus on NGA’s top federal priorities. The Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force has jurisdiction over areas including the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), National Guard, cybersecurity, health care, immigration, human services, nutrition and COVID-19.
The session featured a conversation with Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Harvard Kennedy School, and author of The Devil Never Sleeps: How We Live in an Age of Disasters.
Governor Lamont kicked off the meeting by welcoming Governor Scott, who joined the meeting virtually, as he remained in Vermont to address the flooding crisis impacting the state over the last several weeks.
Governor Lamont noted the amount of new and repeating disasters states have faced over the past several years, including COVID-19 and cyberattacks, and focused on how Governors have…