Winston Churchill once noted, with his characteristic panache, that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” When it comes to emergency management and public health, the tide is out, and the federal government has been caught with its pants down. For decades, we’ve failed to invest sufficiently in the nation’s public health system, but the crisis we face today will not be one-of-a-kind. If we’re going to make sure that future pandemics do not automatically precipitate an economic depression, Washington is going to have to step up.

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