FEMA unprepared and lacks pre-strategic planning

 Hurricane Maria is President Trumps Katrina. The President relies on Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for all disasters in the United States, which includes every state and territory.

Hurricane Maria was an extraordinary act of nature that spawned one of the worst human tragedies in America. It was one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history, laying waste to Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is the largest of American territories. It is an Island 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, and an area the size of the United Kingdom, with an American population of 3.5 million people. In the American Virgin Islands, the storm surge obliterated coastal communities and left thousands destitute. Puerto Rico and the islands were overwhelmed by 175 miles per hour winds and waist high flooding in many areas. The storm knocked out all power and communications on the islands.

As a result all told, many American citizens lost their lives, over 3 million people suffered without basic essentials like fresh potable water, food, fuel, and shelter.

FEMA has become so muscle bond and powerful it can’t seem to get out of its own way in times of large or mega disasters.

Can you imagine with no water, toilets don’t flush and they back up quickly and American citizens had to go out doors in the elements to relieve themselves for weeks and in most cases without any toilet paper?

FEMA Chief Brock Long Says “Puerto Rico Relief ‘Most Logistically Challenging Event’ U.S. Has Ever Seen”.

FEMA had known for more than a week that Maria was likely to hit Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands where there were nearly 4 million people and property at dangerous and live threatening risk.

Much of the suffering is continuing and is expected to in the days, weeks, months and yes even years after Maria has passed. This did not happen in a vacuum; instead, the blame lays squarely with FEMA – the failure of FEMA to plan, prepare for and respond aggressively to the storm. These failures were not just conspicuous; they were pervasive. Among the many factors that contributed to these failures, long-term warnings went unheeded and FEMA officials neglected their duties to prepare for a forewarned catastrophe; FEMA officials took insufficient actions or made poor decisions in the days immediately before and after landfall; The systems on which Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands relied on to support their emergency response efforts failed, and FEMA Administer Brock Long failed to provide effective leadership. These individual failures, moreover, occurred against a backdrop of failure, over time, to develop the capacity for a coordinated, national response to a truly catastrophic event, whether caused by nature or man-made. The results were tragic loss of life and human suffering on a massive scale, and an undermining of confidence in our governments’ ability to plan, prepare for and respond to national catastrophes.

Effective response to mass emergencies is a critical role for FEMA and every level of government. It is a role that requires an unusual level of planning, coordination and dispatch among governments’ diverse agencies.

FEMA leadership either knew or should have known the disaster was near at hand and FEMA should have ordered the evacuation of the islands peoples most at risk.

The Government has the authority to request or if necessary commandeer cruise ships and passenger airliners. FEMA should have used that authority and evacuated the islands immediately. Having the ships bring in emergency supplies and pickup passengers to Evac. The same is true with the airlines. Bring in emergency supplies and bring out American citizens to safety.

As soon as the storm passed FEMA should have had a contingency arrangement with the military to have them ready to immediately parachute in the 101st and the 82 airborne with medics, Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics. With FEMA coordinating massive strategic airdrops of water, food and medical supplies throughout the Islands. FEMA should have immediately dispatched hospital ships, freighters, and oil and gas tankers. FEMA must ahead of time included trucks, trailers with drivers as emergency supplies arrived in the islands ports. Heavy equipment, bull dozers, frontend loaders, etc. to clear highways and roads throughout the islands so emergency supplies can reach those that need it most.  FEMA’s heavy equipment operators should be available at a moments notice to respond to disasters. Communication lines of contact through pre- establishing HAM radio stations throughout America including all U.S. territories will provide pertinent and life saving communications when normal communications are down or unavailable.

The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city San Juan issued a plea for urgent help as she expressed frustration with the speed at which rescuers were being sent to work on the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory. “This is a big S.O.S for anybody out there,” Carmen Yulin Cruz told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, “a plea for this help, which is right here, to get moving.” Cruz said many rescuers on the ground had been left without marching orders and said she was aware of instances where medics had waited for two days before being briefed.“ The red tape needs to be ripped off as if it were a band aid,” she said, “there are boots on the ground…but those boots need to start walking.”

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said Wednesday that search and rescue efforts were complete, and that the focus is now on distributing supplies, including food, water and gasoline. DHS has asked the Defense Logistics Agency to help the National Guard troops on the ground there. AT&T is on island to work on restoring cell service, she said. The electrical grid is more of a challenge, Duke said, adding that it’s “virtually gone.”

Meanwhile Puerto Ricans rushed to get basic necessities to the island’s most vulnerable populations, in what Cruz called a “terrifying humanitarian crisis.”

In San Juan where only a few FEMA officials have been spotted and they were only standing around and didn’t seem to be doing anything to help. In the capital, a group of about 50 volunteers has been mobilizing in residences for the elderly, finding people in buildings that lacked food, running water, access to their medicines and were dealing with no electricity in stifling heat. “Some of these folks were bedridden, some were dehydrated because they have not been able to get any water or food for a number of days,” Armando Valdés Prieto, a lawyer and volunteer, told NBC News by phone of one building he visited. “Some of them didn’t even remember when they’d last eaten.”

In buildings with no power, diabetic patients were unable to refrigerate their insulin. Elevators were also no longer working in some of the residences, leaving many with limited mobility unable to leave their apartments, for help. They all said that they had not heard anything from FEMA.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, this country went through one of the most sweeping reorganizations of federal government in history. While driven primarily by concerns of terrorism, the reorganization was designed to strengthen our nation’s ability to address the consequences of both natural and manmade disasters. In at least two major tests, this reorganized system failed. Katrina and Maria reveal that much remains to be done. FEMA either knew or should have known the dangers and should have taken preemptive appropriate life saving action.

Why FEMA wasn’t better prepared? The 15000 Fema employees all know the vulnerabilities of the elderly, the infirmed, and the disabled during and after disasters. FEMA should have made sure that all hospitals, nursing homes and other elderly care facilities should have been evacuated during the week or so before the storm hit. FEMA’S director Brock Long has a lengthy back ground in emergency preparedness, and should have known what was immediately needed, especially when it comes to helpless and older folks. Emergency managers around the country wonder why Fema wasn’t more aggressive in evacuating or at least insisting that their first responders evacuate venerable and helpless elderly. In the aftermath of the storm the survivors confronted a multitude of known and unknown hazards in the storm’s wake as best they could with limited resources.

Many cities, county and state officials say FEMA should have more strategically placed emergency supplies throughout the America’s. These should be fully stocked warehouses that can withstand storms, earthquakes and other mega storms, with all necessary emergency supplies. The building can than be used as a safe emergency shelter when needed. Every state, county and city in America should have these types of emergency facilities throughout their jurisdictions.

According to some FEMA employees who all wish to remain anonymous fearing reprisals or retaliations said, “What most people don’t know is that FEMA is not a 1st responder agency. FEMA trains and finances through grants to municipalities, counties and state first responders that can be called on to response to disasters in all parts of the nation. FEMA is charged with coordinating these efforts. In doing so FEMA personal are mainly paper pushers and fill out FEMA’s many forms. Many FEMA employees say there is so much paper work that they can not do their jobs. FEMA’s unofficial motto is “Cover your ass and stay in your own lane”.

As reported by congress in the past FEMA’s response to some major disasters has been slow, disorganized, and profligate. The agency’s actions have sometimes been harmful, such as when it has blocked the relief efforts of other organizations. FEMA’s dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatized the agency’s bureaucratic dysfunction. FEMA’s grants for disaster preparedness are known for wastefulness. As for the NFIP, its insurance subsidies are spurring development in flood-prone areas, which in turn is increasing the damage caused by floods. The NFIP also encourages an expansion of federal regulatory control over local land-use planning. Federalism is supposed to undergird America’s system of handling disasters, particularly natural disasters. State, local, and private organizations should play the dominant role. Looking at American history, many disasters have generated large outpourings of aid by volunteers, individuals, businesses, and charitable groups.

The Congressional Executive summery went on to further state “however, growing federal intervention is undermining the role of private institutions and the states in handling disasters. Policymakers should reverse course and begin cutting FEMA. Ultimately, the agency should be closed down by ending aid programs for disaster preparedness and relief and privatizing flood insurance”.

After the less than stellar performance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the hurricane Sandy natural disaster, Americans may well wonder if any federal agency can be counted on to successfully accomplish its designated mission efficiently. Redundancy, and mismanagement (e.g. the Government Services Administration), have appreciable inefficiencies, and also suffer from funding issues. Citizens can legitimately question the federal government’s ability to successfully accomplish even simple tasks on time and on budget.

FEMA, however, was a department enacted with a high purpose: to address the twin concerns of civil defense and disaster mitigation. Specifically, its two core missions are, (1) to improve the federal government’s ability to survive a foreign attack (e.g. a nuclear war), and (2) to assist state and local authorities in responding to natural disasters. From its inception FEMA has been a study in evolution of purpose, organization, usage, and politicization. FEMA has often attracted negative attention during natural disasters, attention that triggered in-depth investigations, initiated mission adjustments, caused revisions in organizational structure, and improvements in strategies and tactics. Each change has further exacerbated FEMA’s disaster resolution problems. The changes have also increased its politicization, its use of patronage as a reward, and the distribution of “pork barrel” funds to cronies of the sitting presidents.

FEMA was created in March of 1979 by executive order under President Jimmy Carter to bring together a complicated array of overlapping jurisdictions in three governmental agencies: Commerce, Housing, and Urban Development, along with the executive branch. In theory, the objective was to rationalize organizational structure and streamline decision making to enhance implementation of the two core missions. Prior to FEMA’s formation, natural disasters were dealt with in a one-off manner with legislation enacted to deal with each individual crisis up and until roughly 1930.

In 1932 President Herbert Hoover started the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC). The RFC was initially designed to lend money to banks to energize economic activity and to distribute federal funds (often in the form of outright grants) in the wake of disasters. From this tiny beginning the RFC grew and matured into the agency now known as FEMA.

Yet major natural disasters, beginning with hurricane Andrew in 1992, the South Florida hurricanes of 2004, and hurricane Katrina in 2005, exposed material deficiencies in FEMA’s response capabilities. In fairness, a number of the criticisms cited were a function of a misinterpretation of FEMA’s charter and mission. FEMA’s core mission was to “assist local and state agencies” in responding to natural disasters, not to function as the primary or secondary responder. Nevertheless, FEMA clearly was not structured to deal with mega disasters and an in-depth review after Katrina in 2005 exposed appreciable shortcomings, shortcomings that had already been revealed in at least three assessments subsequent to hurricane Andrew in 1992. These deficiencies included:

Lack of fast-reaction forces which could be quickly added to the trained personnel already on staff in each of FEMA’s 11 preparedness districts (Regions) throughout the country that respond to area disasters.

No workable budget. FEMA’s budget allocates 60% of the available funds to each state equally, not on a risk basis, therefore leaving a funding amount too small to deal with a specific major problem in any jurisdiction.

No ability or technology to communicate within and/or outside the area of destruction during and immediately after an incident.

Lack of clear, predetermined lines of communication between local and state governments and the specific individuals representing each of the responding entities.

No ability and necessary equipment/supplies to preposition in advance of a pending disaster… water, generators, fuel, food, blankets, temporary shelter etc… And, if you will, a super group deployable at ground zero of the disaster area to enhance the district team’s supply capabilities.

No clear standards for interacting with the victims of a tragedy and a tested methodology for setting realistic expectations regarding future actions and interactions.

During 2003, FEMA was incorporated into the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS), therefore losing its independence and adding complexity. Its organizational structure became so complicated that only a Ph.D in structural engineering could understand the lines of authority. Additionally, FEMA never received the funding necessary to prepare for catastrophic disasters and meet its daunting responsibilities.

Prior to the founding of DHS, FEMA had begun to morph into a highly politicized entity, since it retained the ability to grant large sums of funding (read pork) to state and local governments (and cronies), and its staffing was largely by appointment at both the federal and district levels. Funding to states and local entities followed the number of disaster declarations cited by the administration in power. During the George H.W. Bush years an average of 43.5 declarations per year were made. Under Bill Clinton the number grew to 89.5 per year, then to 129.6 per year under George W. Bush and finally to an incredible 153.0 per year (thru 2011) under Barack Obama. In addition, from March 2009 to October 2011, FEMA employment grew from 4,400 to 7,470, an increase of 70%. (The Obama record is astonishing since within this time-frame no terrorist attacks occurred, no Category 2 or higher hurricanes happened, and no earthquake with a force of 6.0 or more on the Richter scale struck. FEMA during the same period seems to have been utilized as a tool or mechanism to build reelection support.)

After the founding of DHS and its detailed reviews of FEMA, after the Katrina FEMA collapse and many more reviews and adjustments, after Irene, a $20 billion disaster, and further investigations, FEMA has shown little or no improvement in dealing with the Sandy recovery. Events suggest that two conclusions can be drawn: first, the inadequacies described above and identified pre-Katrina remain embedded in the organization, and second, that the agency has become a corrupt, pork-barrel delivery vehicle for the administration in power. Like so many other federal agencies and departments, FEMA remains incapable of satisfying its core missions. Americans have every right to be cynical, but also have an obligation to demand the elimination of agencies and/or departments that can no longer perform as designed and promised. A possible solution would be a return to one-off funding of each disaster by Congress as they occur or alternately FEMA should ask the President to pre-declare disasters where possible.

General Michael (Mick ) Webster,

United States Civil Defense Assoc.

301 Forest Ave,

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

www,uscda.us

mvwsr@aol.com

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USCDA is on RED alert due to

HURRICANE MARIA NOW A CAT 5

USCDA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to go to Puerto Rico, no passport necessary. You will be partnered with an experienced USCDA member. If you can independently respond on your own please contact USCDA- HQ’s at 949 697-5676. We will provide housing and food for volunteers. Items needed right now are water, ice and food. Flat bottom boats are also needed.

Attention: USCDA volunteers are being asked to go help any way we can to help survivors of the 8.1 earthquake off the coast of Chiapas Mexico and surrounding areas. These people are very poor and can use our help. If you have a passport, a group of USCDA volunteers will be heading out from southern California by road caravan tomorrow afternoon. We have room for a few more volunteers. If you have a vehicle and want to go please let HQ’s know. Call HQ for more details if you want to go. 949 697-5676. Thanks

FEMA, you must do more to get the elderly out of harms way!!!

HURRICANE IRMA

ATTENTION: all USCDA members we are on Defcon 1, is a maximum readiness condition level RED ready for mission orders and dispatch. All relief items, supplies, equipment, logistics ready level RED and All USCDA members alerted.

USCDA needs volunteers Call 949 697-5676 or E-mail to: mvwsr@aol.com

USCDA on RED alert for Hurricane Irma. Alerting all USCDA volunteers prepare for possible deployment to Florida and to much of the Eastern Sea board of the USA.

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Hurricane Irma may be a cat 5 at landfall.

Attention all USCDA Volunteers Working IRMA

 

The elderly are now the most endangered, there maybe hundreds and perhaps thousands who are stranded in their condo’s and other homes throughout Florida. Most have no transportation and no way to get out before the storm. NOW is the time to do your best to get them out. At least get them to shelters. After IRMA passes it will become a huge search and rescue undertaking. Remember you must keep yourself safe. If, your not safe you will not be able to help others. The elderly adults are less mobile and far less likely to be able to evacuate on their own.  Their eating habits may be more finicky and, for health reasons, restricted.  The need for life-sustaining prescription medications and medical devices increases with age, and perhaps most difficult of all, the sense of fear may result in profound depression as the familiar and comforting world around them has changed. Elderly adults many have out lived there families, friends and relatives. They are truly on their own. They are the people who need our help the most. FEMA, you must do more to get the elderly out of harms way!!!

The below information was received from DHS FEMA at 10:50 am today.  We will share additional information as it becomes available.

Hurricane Irma – ESS Status September 8

Emergency Services

  • Emergency response could be impacted by blocked and flooded roads.  Loss of 911 call centers may result in difficulty reaching emergency services. Emergency Alert Systems may be impacted, likely causing delay in response and recovery efforts.  Fire/Rescue and EMS members in the storm surge area may be limited in the service they are able to provide due to damage and the large number of volunteer departments in rural areas where responders may be storm affected as citizens.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has more than 200 officers standing by for the first wave of response based on potential storm impacts. Thirty teams with supporting resources such as trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, an ATV and two shallow draft boats are preparing for evacuation support, search and rescue missions, or any additional needs.
  • FWC is also coordinating with partners in states such as Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas in case additional officers or resources are needed.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is assisting with fuel escorts in impacted areas. FDLE established 18 emergency response teams for deployment to impacted areas and those teams will begin deploying tomorrow to pre-staging locations. Each FDLE region is operating its Regional Law Enforcement Coordination Team in advance of the storm to assist local law enforcement with any needs.
  • The entire Florida Highway Patrol, approximately 1,700 troopers, is on 12-hour shifts, with the primary mission to assist emergency preparedness and response, including escorting fuel trucks.
  • A total of 330 FHP troopers are currently on standby for deployments. A 33-member team is currently in route to the Fort Myers area for quick response efforts once storm track and potential impacts are determined. Additionally, equipment such as high water recovery vehicles has been prepared for quick deployment to assist with recovery and road clearance efforts.

 

Communications

  • Loss of wireless coverage due to disruption of electric power service and tower and antenna damage from high winds is anticipated. Backup generator power could be insufficient if the facility was not designed to withstand an extended power disruption. Degradation of wired communications due to electric power service disruption could occur. Flooding could damage facilities and assets that have not been hardened.
  • Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) has been sharing vital information about Hurricane Irma through their broadcast network, social media and station websites. FPREN is also reporting important news and information through the Florida Storms app and social media pages.
  • The state is monitoring the State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS), which is fully operational.

Evacuations

  • 9/7 – Florida’s Governor issued voluntary evacuations of the cities (South Bay, Lake Harbor, Pahokee, Moore Haven, Clewiston, Belle Glade, and Canal Point) surrounding the southern half of Lake Okeechobee from Lake Port to Canal Point in Hendry, Palm Beach and Glades counties. Mandatory evacuations for these jurisdictions will be effective 9/8.
  • Brevard County: mandatory evacuations for Zone A, Merritt Island, barrier islands, and some low-lying mainland areas along Indian River Lagoon beginning Friday
  • Broward County: voluntary evacuations mobile homes and low-lying areas; mandatory East of Federal Highway including barrier islands beginning Thursday
  • Collier County: mandatory evacuations for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, all mobile homes beginning on Friday
  • Flagler County: mandatory evacuations for nursing homes, all varieties of assisted living facilities, and community residential group homes within coastal and Intracoastal areas and voluntary for zones A, B, C, F beginning on Thursday; mandatory for Zones A,B,C,F, and substandard housing beginning on Saturday
  • Hendry County: voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, non-slab-built homes, mobile home and RVs beginning on Thursday
  • Lee County: mandatory evacuations for barrier islands – Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Island beginning on Friday AM
  • Manatee County: voluntary evacuations for Zone A
  • Martin County: voluntary evacuations for mandatory for barrier islands, manufactured homes, and low-lying areas beginning Saturday
  • Miami-Dade County: mandatory evacuations for all of Zone A, all of Zone B, and portions of Zone C. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.
  • Monroe County: mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents. A dedicated transportation hotline is available specifically for individuals in the Keys at 305-517-2480
  • Palm Beach County: mandatory evacuations for Zone A and B, voluntary for Zone C
  • Pinellas County: mandatory evacuations all mobile home and Zone A
  • St. Lucie County: voluntary evacuations
  • School buses are available for transportation needs in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. At this time, Monroe has accepted 10 buses to help with evacuations, Miami-Dade Counties are using these services to help evacuate those with special needs and Broward has buses on stand-by.
  • Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state.

Transportation

  • Real-time traffic information and evacuation routes are available at www.FL511.com.
  • FDOT has increased the number of road rangers who are patrolling Florida’s roadways 24/7 to assist motorists.
  • Around the state, FDOT has 13 Traffic Management Centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7 to ensure traffic flows continue and evacuations proceed without interruption.
  • FDOT officials are also monitoring road cameras at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee around the clock to help keep traffic moving.
  • FDOT is coordinating with Google’s emergency response team to prepare to ‘close’ roads in Google Maps in real time in the event that Hurricane Irma forces the closure of any roads in the aftermath of the storm. Google Maps are used for Uber and Waze among other directional applications.

Military Support

  • 4,000 members of the Florida Army and Air National Guard have been activated to support with planning, and logistics operations. All remaining National Guard members will be reporting for duty 9/8 morning. Additional guard members will continue to be activated this week as needed.
  • The Florida National Guard has coordinated with the North Carolina National Guard to utilize air assets to assist with ongoing evacuations in the Florida Keys.
  • The Florida National Guard has coordinated with the New Jersey National Guard and approximately 130 soldiers and more than 50 vehicles are in route to provide transportation assets for movement of troops, supplies and equipment to aid mobilization efforts during Hurricane Irma operations.
  • The Florida National Guard has coordinated with the Ohio National Guard and Pennsylvania National Guard to have teams standing by for Hurricane Irma support.
  • The Florida National Guard has 1,000 high water vehicles, 13 helicopters, 17 boats and more than 700 generators on standby.
  • The Florida National Guard is coordinating with the National Guard Bureau to identify approximately 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks, 100 helicopters, and air evacuation crews that are standing by for Hurricane Irma support, if needed.
  • The Florida National Guard Joint Operations Center at Camp Blanding has activated to Level 1 to facilitate Hurricane Irma mission command and coordination efforts.

State Emergency Operations Center

  • The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to level one, which is a full-scale, 24-hours-a-day activation.
  • A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Venice. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
  • A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.
  • A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
  • The Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated and is available 24/7 for families and victors at 1-800-342-3557.
  • Floridians can text FLPREPARES to 888777 in order to receive text alerts from FDEM.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Irma.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.
  • Miami-Dade – A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Miami-Dade County as of 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. The Emergency Operations Center is activated at Level 1. The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department has suspended inmate visitation at all facilities effective Friday, Sept. 8, until further notice.
  • Monroe County – The Lower Keys Medical Center is evacuating its patients tonight in a North Carolina National Guard C-130. The patients will be taken by Monroe County Fire Rescue and Key West Fire Rescue to Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Airfield and transported to Gadsden Regional Medical Center in Alabama. Monroe County’s two other hospitals, Mariners Hospital in Tavernier and Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon, will be making decisions on when to close this afternoon.
  • Palm Beach County – The EOC is at Level I.

 

General Michael(Mick) Webster,

United States Civil defense Assoc. (USCDA)HQ

Web site www.uscda.us

Email mvwsr@aol.com

Ph. (949)697-5676

ALL VOLUNTEERS

Thank you for contacting the United States Civil defense Assoc. USCDA is in dire need of more volunteers. Yes, we can use your services. The best way to get evolved is check out our web site at www.uscda.us .There you can find out much of the details you will need to know. So USCDAS’s volunteers can be coordinated and responsible it will be best that you become a USCDA member. You’ll need to get at the very least khaki shirt and black pants along with our official cap. This will help you get into areas that otherwise you likely will not be able to. You need to be as prepared as possible, be sure to have water food and other emergency supplies. Once your a member you should report to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) nearest the geographical area you choose to provide your services. The areas in question are most of Florida and the East coast sea board. You select the area you wish to work. You must understand you are independent and acting as a volunteer for USCDA. Let HQ’s know when you are ready to be deployed. (949) 697-5676 or e-mail to mvwsr@aol.com . Than we expect you to provide a report as to where you are serving with a daily report of your activities. This will help us coordinate and organize the overall efforts of USCDA volunteers.

Good luck and most of all be careful.

 

Maj: James Fine

United States Civil Defense Assoc.
mvwsr@aol.com

www.uscda.us

(949)697-5676

Harvey is weakening. BUT!!!

USCDA is currently in search and rescue and recovery mode

The deadly storm is still causing major flooding and misery across an ever-widening area. Beaumont Texas is still without clean drinking water for many people. Volunteers of the “United States Civil Defense Assoc. are lending a hand and are asking for drinking water. 

We desperately need more volunteers!!!

UNITED STATES CIVIL DEFENSE ASSOC ON RED ALERT

HARVEY DISASTERS

 

USCDA needs volunteers Call 949 697-5676 or E-mail to: mvwsr@aol.com

More than 200 USCDA members have shown up to volunteer including many boats and jet ski’s, food and water. USCDA is in need of ICE. USCDA is working with with more than 15,400 employees from more than 17 federal departments and agencies are working together in support of the ongoing response to damages resulting from Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding across Texas and Louisiana.

Integrated federal, state, local and hundreds of volunteers  search and rescue teams are working together around-the-clock, aligning the right skills with the search and rescue needs to reach those stranded in flooded areas.


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After Harvey is still wrecking havoc in parts of Texas and Louisiana, the biggest rainstorm in U.S. mainland history was weakening as it moved north toward Mississippi and Tennessee, but forecasters are warning that Harvey still has deadly potential. More than 30 people are believed to have died, and though the sun has emerged above Houston, Texas’ governor says “the worst is not yet over.” National Guard members have made thousands of rescues, and the Navy is sending a ship to support relief efforts. But among the first responders have been volunteers loosely organized as the “Cajun Navy,” as we saw 12 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. Reporter Matt Pearce followed along as a flotilla, led by a bright yellow fan boat painted with the words “SHO NUF,” motored toward Port Arthur, Texas.

 

 

Volunteer boaters transport residents from the Cypress Glen nursing home in Port Arthur, Texas. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)  

United States Civil Defense Assoc. (USCDA) is committed to providing relevant emergency relief and disaster training for all our members, along with Sheriff personal, cities, counties and industry lay people as well as professionals seeking the latest skills and knowledge to help lead the response.  Through these exciting training programs, students gain a strong foundation in 1st  responders, relief, disasters, including recovery and consequence and crisis management.
These programs exposes students to advanced operating characteristics, response and recovery functions, and resource management of an integrated emergency management system. USCDA also works closely with industry advisory councils and leaders to ensure that students are exposed to techniques and strategies based on information reported back from actual missions.
In addition, students are taught by practicing and responding to real emergencies.
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Community Emergency Response Teams. (CERT)

Attention all USCDA members new and not so new.

 All CERT graduates around the country should join your local USCDA chapter. If there is no chapter in your area start one. On this web site click on “About USCDA” and click on “Chapter Structure & Command”. For those of you who are not CERT certifified  There are local hands on training in most jurisdictions around the country that offer CERT training during some time of the year. Many through city and county governments. Check with your area and get into the program so you can get started and certified and as a leadership member earn the rank of private in the USCDA.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Locate a CERT Program in your community: 

Community Emergency Response Teams  State Directory of CERT 

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USCDA training programs.

Local chapters should set up similar below training for their members.

The following training is available through H-Q. Some instructors are available to travel.

  • CERTS. Hands on training. (Those USCDA leadership members who complete  the hands-on CERT training program, are eligible for the rank of private in the USCDA).
  • Wilderness Survival- Instructor SGT. James Rakosky
  • Small Arms and Safety Training – Instructor SSGT. Geoff Wiley
  • Food and water Storage – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Advanced 1st Aid – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Primitive Fire-Making- Instructor SGT.  Bill Walker
  • Rope Craft (Knots, mechanical advantage systems, making cordage) – Instructor Col: Ronald Adler
  • Outfitting your Mission Ready Gear/Bug Out Bag
  • Choosing a Bug Out Route using USCDA county secured safe area chapters as re-supply centers along the way
  • Getting Started in Handloading – Instructor Lt. Col Michael Moran M.D.
  • Let’s Learn how to Build a self-sufficient farm or garden.  Do you want to learn how to create a self-sufficient farm or garden? – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Land Navigation (map, compass, GPS) – Instructor SGT. James Rakosky
  • Water Purification methods – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Livestock raising (chickens, goats, cattle Etc. – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Survival gardening – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Useful wild Plants
  • Traps and Trapping – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Tracking & hunting small and large game – Instructor General Michael Webster
  • Communications. USCDA Nationwide Amateur Radio network, and local CB Signal Core.Communications Commander Lt. Col Michael Moran M.D.
  • Shelters.
  • Etc.

Any member who would like to suggest a training course contact HQ. Any qualified member interested in instructing above training contact HQ. mvwsr@aol.com

More From Texas
— Two explosions were reported Thursday at a Houston-area chemical plant that lost power amid flooding from Harvey.
— “A true testament to a mother’s will”: saving her daughter, but not herself, from Harvey’s floods.
— Braving mud, debris and dread, Houston residents venture home to see what the storm left behind.
— Catastrophic storms, once rare, are almost routine. Is climate change to blame?

 

Volunteer boaters transport residents from the Cypress Glen nursing home in Port Arthur, Texas. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

 

 

More From Texas
— Two explosions were reported Thursday at a Houston-area chemical plant that lost power amid flooding from Harvey.
— “A true testament to a mother’s will”: saving her daughter, but not herself, from Harvey’s floods.
— Braving mud, debris and dread, Houston residents venture home to see what the storm left behind.
— Catastrophic storms, once rare, are almost routine. Is climate change to blame?

 

 

 

 

 

 

We desperately need more volunteers!!!

UNITED STATES CIVIL DEFENSE ASSOC ON RED ALERT

HARVEY DISASTERS

USCDA needs volunteers Call 949 697-5676 or E-mail to: mvwsr@aol.com

All USCDA Members report to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or county Sheriff. Your mission is to Follow Incident Commander requests. Report USCDA A Team members have expertise in the following areas. to provide disaster relief to those in need. Provide search and rescue operations as requested. If requested  go door to door warning residents to evacuate. And follow any other instructions

All USCDA volunteers are encouraged to respond to Southeast Texas, and western Louisiana this includes all volunteers. USCDA Volunteers report to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) upon your arrival in the area you select, or report to the County Sheriff, or to any law enforcement officer or any uniformed fire fighter in that area. Point out that you are a volunteer for USCDA and offer your expertise and training and volunteer your services. New volunteers please e-mail your contact information to mvwsr@aol.com Please include what resources you will be providing and how soon you can independently respond. At the end of each day please send a daily report of your actives to: mvwsr@aol.com so to help us keep track of our volunteers and their actives.

Immediately Whats Needed at Disaster locations.

Lifted trucks & SUV’s, Airboats, flat bottom boats, jet ski’s, Ice and water, blankets and freeze dried foods.

Report to Incident Command facility or Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Down load and Cut out above orders. Present to Incident Command with your experience and training.

USCDA official advisory coming  in:

UNITED STATES CIVIL DEFENSE ASSOC.
More than 200 USCDA members have shown up to volunteer including many boats and jet ski’s, food and water. USCDA is in need of ICE. USCDA is working with the Sheriff’s office along with more than 15,400 employees from more than 17 federal departments and agencies are working together in support of the ongoing response to damages resulting from Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding across Texas and Louisiana.

Integrated federal, state, and local search and rescue teams are working together around-the-clock, aligning the right skills with the search and rescue needs to reach those stranded in flooded areas.

FEMA has more than 18,100 Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) personnel working to save lives in southeast Texas, conducting rescues for more than 2,500 survivors. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is using shallow-draft vessels to provide search and rescue assistance in flooded areas, and aircrews to conduct damage assessment overflights and search and rescue patrols. USCG has conducted rescues for more than 4,200survivors and over 1,000 pets.

Additional surge boat resources are deployed to Texas from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of the Interior (DOI).

More than 3,200 FEMA employees are working in support of Tropical Storm Harvey response.

This disaster footprint includes:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Residents and business owners in designated counties who sustained disaster related damage due to Tropical Storm Harvey, and are able to do so, can apply for assistance by registering online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
  • As of this morning, more than 65,000 individuals and households have been approved for FEMA assistance.
  • Urban Search & Rescue task forces with the National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) System, are on the ground in the Houston/Galveston area in Texas to support state and local rescue efforts. Each of these teams has swift water rescue capabilities and additional teams are on alert.
    • Six Type 1 Task Forces conducting operations in Houston and the surrounding areas
    • Eight Type 3 Task Forces conducting operations in Houston and the surrounding areas
    • Seven Hazardous Equipment Push Packages teams in San Antonio, Texas to provide support for handling hazardous materials
    • 14 Swiftwater Mission Ready Packages
    • One Incident Support Team in College Station
  • FEMA and the U.S. Department of Defense established Incident Support Bases (ISB) near Seguin, Texas, Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, and Fort Hood, Texas to ensure supplies including water, meals, blankets and other resources are closer to affected areas and are available for distribution to state, tribal, and local officials. State, local, and tribal officials are responsible for distributing supplies to the community.
    • As of this morning, the following commodities have been provided to the state of Texas at its request:
      • More than 306,000 meals
      • More than 687,000 liters of water
    • More than 4.6 million meals, 5.1 million liters of water, and thousands of cots and blankets remain available at ISBs for transfer to the states of Texas and Louisiana should they be needed and requested. Additional commodities are in route to the ISBs.
  • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and equipment are on the ground in Texas and Louisiana to support the states with secure and non-secure voice, video and information services for emergency response communications needs.
  • FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are in place in Houston and the Texas and Louisiana state emergency operations centers in Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to support requests for federal assistance. Additional teams continue to deploy as the response continues.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • HHS has more than 500 personnel on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, 1,000 more on alert and approximately 53,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies deployed to support medical and public health needs in the affected areas.
  • HHS has activated the AABB Blood Disaster Task Force for Hurricane Harvey in order to evaluate the need for nation-wide blood donations to replenish cancelled blood drives in the impacted area.
  • An EMS contract managed by HHS has been utilized to evacuate 182 patients via 70 ambulances from three hospitals in Victoria, Texas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • EPA activated the National Incident Management Team consisting of highly skilled response personnel from Regions 3, 4, and 5. The N-IMAT arrived in Dallas this morning to assist with response activities.
  • EPA deployed 10 personnel to assist the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) with their Drinking Water and Waste Water Phone Bank located in Austin, Texas.
  • An Incident Management Team is integrating with TCEQ and the Texas General Land Office and is deploying for Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • EPA has two On-Scene Coordinators deployed – one at FEMA in Denton and another at the State Operation Center in Austin. EPA is working with TCEQ to contact industrial sources within the impacted area to determine their operational status and determine what support can be provided with the monitoring of the start-up of industrial sources along the coastal area of Texas.
  • EPA is mobilizing additional personnel to Austin to support the state in this effort. EPA Remedial Managers have initiated follow-up activities at the 31 Superfund NPL sites within the storm path to conduct rapid damage assessments and determine if additional emergency cleanup activities are necessary.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

  • The USACE Prime Power Planning and Response Team along with soldiers from the 249th Engineer Battalion are conducting assessments and installing generators. Liaison Officers are assisting the state emergency operations centers and team leaders are providing technical assistance to FEMA response nodes.
  • A Temporary Housing subject matter expert is embedded with FEMA Region VI providing assistance and oversight for housing needs.  Debris SMEs are providing technical assistance to Texas with its debris removal plan.
  • USACE is closely coordinating with the Coast Guard on the plan to clear and open the federal navigation channels once weather permits. USACE is surveying portions of the Texas Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in the Corpus Christi area. USACE and the Coast Guard are working with industry and owners to remove all obstructions that are impacting the GIWW.
  • USACE Districts in affected areas are conducting flood-fighting activities such as stockpiling and issuing flood-fighting materials (sandbags and materials/fabrics that keep soil in place) to local government entities.
  • In an effort to mitigate the effects of flooding in the area, USACE Districts are monitoring flood risk reduction projects, and these projects are performing as designed.
  • USACE is conducting releases from the Addicks and Barker Dams in Houston, Texas, releasing less than 10 percent of the inflow, to most effectively manage risk. Releasing smaller amounts of water from the dams, now, decreases the amount of water that eventually flows through emergency spillways around the dams.  USACE personnel are on-site at the dams conducting 24 hour monitoring and assessment operations

The American Red Cross (ARC)

  • ARC is partnering with the United States Coast Guard and the Texas National Guard to move supplies and volunteers to where they are needed most. Our first priority is keeping people safe while providing shelter, food and a shoulder to lean on.
  • Preliminary estimates indicate more than 22,000 people sought refuge in more than 235 shelters across Texas and Louisiana Tuesday night. This includes more than 8,000 evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
  • Almost 1,000 volunteers are on the ground and more are on the way. They will be joined by a group of highly-skilled volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross who will help support shelters, distribute aid, and connect with Spanish speaking disaster survivors to keep them informed about support available to them.
  • ARC and their partners have served nearly 30,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.
  • More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground. This includes supplies to support 6 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day. About 73,000 ready-to-eat meals are currently on the ground with an additional 43,000 enroute.
  • More than half of the ARC emergency response fleet – 200 Emergency Response Vehicles – have been activated for the operation.
  • The Red Cross prepositioned additional blood products in Houston ahead of the storm to help ensure an adequate blood supply would be available for hospital patients. We also staged more blood product inventory in Dallas. We are closely working with local and federal authorities to continue the distribution of blood products to our hospital partners.
  • More than 14 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps since Thursday.  Alerts provide people with real-time information so they can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

  • CNCS deployed more than 250 AmeriCorps members to the region to support American Red Cross shelter and feeding operations, and FEMA’s disaster damage assessments and logistics. AmeriCorps members are also working to stand up a Volunteer Reception Center. Additional requests for AmeriCorps disaster response teams are in development. These teams are trained to provide expert manpower for shelter operations, debris removal, and volunteer and donations management.

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • DOE responders remain active at its sites in Washington D.C. and Texas. DOE is continuing to assess the situation, impact and needs in affected areas, and is continuing to provide situation reports athttps://www.energy.gov/oe/downloads/hurricane-harvey-situation-reports-august-2017.  The electric industry has reported that industry mutual assistance crews from at least 19 states are responding, including nearly 10,000 workers dedicated to the response and recovery effort.

Department of Defense (DoD)

  • Defense Logistics Agency is providing 450,000 gallons of diesel and 50,000 gallons of motor gas expected to arrive at Fort Hood on Wednesday, Aug 30.
  • On Aug 28, DoD conducted 13 Search and Rescue missions and rescued 227 personnel using Navy and Air Force helicopters.
  • DoD deployed a Title-10 Deputy and support staff for the Dual Status Command, led by Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Hamilton, in Austin, Texas, on Aug 28.
  • One hundred Medium Tactical Vehicles are currently en route to Katy, Texas from Fort Hood to provide personnel and patient transportation out of flooded areas in Houston.

National Guard Bureau (NGB)

  • All 12,000 Texas military NGB members are activated for hurricane relief, assisting with response efforts, including evacuation and search/rescue efforts.
  • NGB evacuated 725 people and rescued 3,801 along with 308 animals evacuated or rescued.

The Department of the Interior (DOI)

  • DOI has 97 personnel on FEMA Mission Assignments and hundreds more personnel involved in response and recovery at national wildlife refuges, parks and other Interior sites.
  • The National Park Service and other Interior agencies are mobilizing three dozen boats and teams for search and rescue, some of which will be on-site today.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

  • BIA is leading the Tribal Assistance Coordinating Group in helping tribes in need of emergency help including the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana, and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • USGS is performing high-water mark flagging and surveying and develop inundation mapping once flood waters begin to recede. The USGS has 32 employees deployed to provide discharge measurements and repair gauges when areas become accessible–many are currently dangerous.
  • A big thank you to all of our volunteers. Feel free to contact HQ’s for information on how to volunteer.
  • Best Regards
  • General Michael Webster
  • United States Civil Defense Assoc.
  • 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, California 92651
  • e-mail mvwsr@aol.com
  • Web site www.uscda.us
  • Ph. 949 697-5676

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The United States Civil Defense Association (USCDA)

Mission Statement

www.uscda.us

It is our intent to build and strengthen this patriotic organization to train to the highest standard in “Homeland Security” through accomplishing FEMA courses, CERT, Homeland Security Agency training, coordinating with churches,  city, county (Sheriff) and state Emergency Management Offices, Red Cross Emergency Disaster Teams, Fire, Sheriff, Police departments, National Guard and participate in INFRAGARD, the FBI’s national anti-terrorist national network. In this primary mission, USCDA members will be effective in helping to protect our country as “support” personnel for first respondents, manning chapter churches, command posts, call centers, county, state and multi-county emergency operation centers (EOC) and participate in emergency exercises.

Our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively preparing for, preventing, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all threats, crimes, hazards, and emergencies. USCDA practices Incident Command System (ICS). USCDA is a private organization and not a government entity and it exists to provide humanitarian aid, and disaster response and relief on behalf of member churches, duly elected constitutional county sheriff’s across America and help provide emergency relief where needed in his/her area of jurisdiction and to those citizens in need.

USCDA can provide search and rescue, public school safety, force multiplier, and improved force protection, and all aspects of disaster relief. During man-made or natural disasters and other emergencies. USCDA will respond to requests from any Constitutional sheriff, city, county or state government and churches here at home and abroad.

In time of disasters the county sheriff is ultimately in charge of over all emergency operations in his/her county and bears all responsibility until officially declared a disaster area and ICS is set up. During those situations deputies can become overwhelmed and the sheriff may need additional trained and experienced man power that operate under the command of the sheriff. Crimes, misdemeanors, disasters, public safety, community events, and keeping the peace have been the traditional role of the Sheriff. A new threat to our school children/students needs to be dealt with by county sheriffs with specially trained posse members. With new waves of man-made disasters, crime and danger is assaulting the citizen under the protection of the Sheriff as well as the very office of the Sheriff itself. Authorities in some jurisdictions are advocating abolishing the Office of Sheriff altogether..

USCDA also offers programs serving all 3,000 plus counties nationwide. This represents the best practices that a successful USCDA along with Churches, County Sheriff and other entities start and maintain their low profile partnership.

USCDA while working in partnership with church nondenominational organizations and the county sheriff during non-emergencies will establish a local USCDA chapter or work with an existing USCDA chapter to train citizens in the county in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs educating them about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. USCDA conducts many more emergency Management training courses made available to your  Church and county residents.

All nondenominational churches and constitutional county sheriffs should consider adding us to their emergency resource directory so in times of emergencies they can call on the USCDA.

USCDA has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the fields of disaster response, humanitarian aid, and international medicine. counter-terrorism, physical and technical security, expeditionary logistics. All through trained and experienced member volunteers.

USCDA is a USA based organization made up of people from all walks of life, including Church members, lay people, tradesmen and women and current and former Military, Local, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement, Special Operations, National Security, and Intelligence personnel as well as Fireman, Wild Land Firefighters, Paramedics, Emergency Medical technicians (EMTs) and other medical personal including Doctors and Nurses. USCDA is also a nationwide network of emergency relief  preparedness  organization.  USCDA  have local chapters in many states, counties and cities and are growing and each chapter has staged for distribution of water, food and emergency supplies for their parishioners and others who maybe in need. USCDA has meetups for training, learning and all things preparedness. This network during times of natural and man made disasters prove invaluable.

Nations have had to rely on citizen volunteers in times of crisis such as war, revolutions, manmade and natural disasters throughout history. It is the citizen that supports emergency government and agencies. It is the trained volunteer who provides needed extra manpower during times of extreme crisis.Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the 1800’s. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services through ICS. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of local churches, voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of large scale disaster-affected communities  USCDA was created to promote and defend the unalienable God-given rights of all citizens, regardless of race, sex or national origin, as is expressed in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

History has shown that the greatest system of checks and balances exists with the people and their States to check the powers accrued by the federal government and to support the people during emergencies of every nature and by supporting the United States Constitution.

Our goal is to create local chapters in every county and city where the local residents can be trained in emergency management (ICS), and to encourage all our members to train in the many disciplines necessary to the function of the organization as a whole and to the members individually. We further educate our members in areas of history, the constitution, law and principle as laid out by our founding Fathers.

By joining USCDA you will have available training for both man-made and natural emergencies.  Our members are able to deal with and respond to any emergencies. When responding to disasters for the people and by the people the dollar savings to the peoples government is immeasurable. It is neither practical nor economically feasible to maintain such a sizable establishment under ordinary conditions. But, in times of real crisis they are necessary and must be readily accessed.

We have developed and use a cohesive and competent command structure. This hierarchical system of rank used by the USCDA is a line authority system proven most efficient and functional in a crisis. Large numbers of volunteers can be accessed and quickly pressed into service more efficiently. Much of the training provided members are though USCDA, with some selected special training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) National Fire Academy, California Specialized Training Institute. Survival, Preparedness,  strategic training provided by USCDA and other private groups.. USCDA centers on these areas and of accessing, organizing, and utilizing volunteers as a backup resource if needed for national, and state government and  county sheriffs. The USCDA provides a structure and organization whereby we can provide well trained and supplied boots on the ground. Provide emergency supplies of all types including water, ice, food, blankets, military cots, medical supplies, heavy equipment such as bulldozers, frontend loaders, and rescue boats and other emergency equipment. This is provided and maintained by, individual volunteers, company volunteers, and private volunteer organizations for low-cost, or no cost, to the government. These emergency supplies and working heavy equipment and skilled operators are an economic necessity in time of disaster. Equipment provided by private volunteer sources is often equal to, or exceeds, that provided by the government. USCDA will respond to any emergency with all our resources and volunteers when deemed appropriate.And will use ICS whenever possible.

USCDA is civil protection and is an organized effort to help protect recover U.S. citizens from man made or natural disasters or nuclear or military attack. It uses the principles of ICS ,emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation, and recovery.

Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its own specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management, emergency management, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, emergency services, and civil protection.

During the Cold War, civil defense was seen largely as defending against and recovering from an attack involving nuclear weapons. After the end of the Cold War, the focus moved from defense against nuclear war to defense against a terrorist attack possibly involving chemical, biological or Weapons of Mass Distinction (WMD); in the context of the United States this eventually led to the creation the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After the September 11 attacks in 2001, in the United States the concept of civil defense has been revisited under the umbrella term of homeland security and all-hazards emergency management.

Relatively small investments in preparation can speed up recovery by months or years and thereby prevent millions of deaths by hunger, cold and disease.  According to human capital theory in economics, a country’s population is more valuable than all of the land, factories and other assets that it possesses. People rebuild a country after its destruction, and it is therefore important for the economic security of a country that it protect its people. According to psychology, it is important for people to feel like they are in control of their own destiny, and preparing for uncertainty via civil defense may help to achieve this. If the people are not in control, and the preparations ineffective, the government loses its credibility and the respect of its citizens.

You want to help, but what can you do WTSHTF? Terrorists destroy a government building and a friend is trapped inside. A large earthquake has destroyed much of the city and all local agencies are overloaded. A child may have been exposed to chemical or biological agents. A major fire is spreading to your neighborhood, or the electric grid is down, but all firefighters are busy elsewhere. A building collapsed, people are injured and no immediate medical attention is available. Young hikers are lost in the forest. Homes have been destroyed and people need shelter and food. A neighbor may be experiencing a heart attack. A building has caved in and hasty rescue efforts might cause even more damage and loss of life. Or worse yet, hostel foreign troops try to occupy your area or full resurrection with marauding gangs threaten you and your family. When trained you will be much better able to handle such situations and survive. When properly trained and prepared you can provide protection for you, your family and your organization. You’ll be able to show loved ones what to do when the next big earthquake comes and administer emergency first aid. Set up an emergency communications network/ Provide help while avoiding legal complications. Utilize emergency preparedness or disaster preparedness kits. Organize search and rescue teams. Be the person who knows what to do in an emergency.

USCDA does accept public, private and corporate donations. As a non-governmental “volunteer” organization. But not as a government controlled non-private status, nor are we seeking such a tax exempt ruling. Your donation may not be tax deductible. USCDA avoids any funding from the government. USCDA remains a non-government entity. We feel we are therefor better able to serve in times of emergencies and act independent to the government and can provide better and faster services with out all the governmental red tape. In other words we get things done. We are always in need of funds to help assist us in our efforts to help our communities during natural or man made disasters. We understand and realize that the economy is unstable for the average American and we therefor only seek donations from those who can spare it without causing any hardship on themselves or families. Checks and money orders can be made out to: USCDA, 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

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