In a 3 full page paper, research your local office of and/or Emergency Operations Center (most counties, municipalities, and universities have these departments). Interview someone from one of these agencies (via phone, in-person, or via email) and discuss the following:
For what specific (man-made or natural) has their agency prepared? (There will likely be different focuses in different areas of the country.)
How have they partnered with private organizations within their community?
To what extent do they partner with federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security?
How do they engage their community in preparing for and preventing natural and/or man-made disasters?