By Gen: Michael (Mick ) Webster
When responding to a disaster in another USCDA chapter notify the Chapter Commandant than report to the Incident Commander for instructions and provide your USCDA credentials (Experienc and training).
When a disaster strikes your local area chapter such as your county, contact your chapter Commandant.
The highest ranking USCDA officer will be in charge of the disaster as the Incident Commander following the Incident Command System (ICS), reporting directly to USCDA HQ. The USCDA Incident Commander/must continually prioritize response activities based on the USCDA volunteer members capability and training and the principle that rescuer safety is the number one concern. If you are hurt or killed you will be no help to anyone. The USCDA IC assigns activities and accounts for team members. Onscene management in a disaster situation provides clear leadership and organizational structure by developing a chain of command and roles that are known by all USCDA members. Each USCDA member has only one person that he or she takes direction from and responds to during a disaster while in the field on a mission and that is the highest ranking USCDA member in the group mission. Disaster information is collected and responses are prioritized based on the greatest good for the greatest number according to the member’s capabilities and training. USCDA volunteer organization is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a proven management system used by emergency responders.
Common terminology that contributes to effective communication and is a shared understanding is effective communication among USCDA members and with professional responders, including the use of radios and cell phones (mobile.) A consolidated action plans that coordinate strategic goals, tactical objectives, and support activities in a disaster situation, The IC identifies the scope of the incident (What is the problem?) Determines an overall strategy (What can we do, and how will we do it?) Deploys USCDA member volunteers and resources (Who is going to do what?) Documents actions and results, THE NEED FOR FLEXIBILITY. Disasters create a dynamic, ever-changing environment. The USCDA organizational framework is flexible so that it can expand or contract depending on the ongoing assessment priorities determined by the USCDA IC, and people and resources available. This expansion and contraction helps ensure: Rescuer safety, Doing the greatest good for the greatest number. A manageable span of control,  Accountability of USCDA members IC. The Incident Command System (ICS) is the system used by emergency response agencies to manage emergency operations. When the U.S Government or County Sheriff sets up and activates its ICS and/or EOC, they become head of the disaster at hand.
Basic ICS structure for USCDA is established by the USCDA volunteer member who arrives first on the scene. This person becomes the Incident Commander initially. The IC may handle all of the command positions of ICS but, as the incident evolves, he or she may assign personnel as needed to the four ICS Command Functions: Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, and Finance/Administration Section Chief through an effective ICS, all USCDA volunteer USCDA members report through a chain of command. When the U.S. Government or County Sheriff set up an ICS or EOC the USCDA IC will report to them. In the mean time report to the first government official or the Sheriff or fire dept arrives at the location. USCDA IC takes direction from that person until otherwise directed or until the an ICS or EOC is functioning. Or until USCDA volunteer members are relieved.
USCDA Incident Commander • Provides overall leadership for incident response • Ensures incident safety • Establishes incident objectives • Is responsible for all functions until delegated • Delegates authority to others • Provides information to internal and external parties • Establishes and maintains liaison with other responders (e.g., fire, law enforcement, public works. • Takes direction from agency official Operations Section • Directs and coordinates all incident tactical operations • Is typically one of the first functions to be assigned Planning Section • Tracks resource status (e. g., number of USCDA members who have “reported for duty”) • Tracks situation status • Prepares the volunteer member’s action plan • Develops alternative strategies • Provides documentation services, Logistics Section • Provides communications • Provides food and medical support to USCDA volunteer members • Manages supplies and facilities Finance and Administration Section •  Finance and Administration is a function in the formal Incident Command System; however, USCDA will have very limited need, if any, for this function.


Surviving a Nuclear Event

By Gen: Michael (Mick) Webster

Your best hope of surviving a nuclear war in this century is the United States Civil defense Assoc. – knowing the basic facts about nuclear weapon effects and what you, your family, and small groups can do to protect yourselves. Our Government continues to downgrade war-related survival preparations and spends poultry amount of capital a year to protect each American against possible nuclear attack. During the 10 years or more before the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) weapons can be invented, developed and deployed, self-help civil defense will continue to be your main hope of surviving if we suffer a nuclear attack. Most Americans hope that a Star Wars type new program will lead to the deployment of new weapons capable of destroying attacking missiles and warheads in flight. However, no defensive system can be made leak-proof. If Star Wars, presently only a research project, leads to a deployed defensive system, then self-help civil defense will be a vital part of our hoped for, truly defensive system to prevent aggressions and to reduce losses if deterrence fails.

There are no other countries with nuclear weapons other than the United States that has advocated or adopted a strategy that purposely leaves its citizens unprotected hostages to Russia, North Korea, Iran and other nuclear countries. The rulers of Russia never really adopted a MAD strategy and continue to prepare the Russians to fight, survive, and win all types of wars. Almost all Russians have compulsory instruction to teach them about the effects of nuclear and other mass-destruction weapons, and what they can do to improve their chances of surviving. Comprehensive preparations have been made for the crisis evacuation of urban Russians to rural areas, where they and rural Russians would make high-protection factor expedient fallout shelters. Blast shelters to protect millions have been built in the cities and near factories where essential workers would continue production during a crisis. Wheat reserves and other foods for war survivors have been stored outside target areas. About 100,000 civil defense troops are maintained for control, rescue, and post-attack recovery duties.

The word in Washington DC is that the U.S. is finally setting up missile protection here at home and in South Korea and Japan. Either way Americans need to be educated about how to survive a nuclear attack and a small tactical boom.

USCDA local chapters should start making available to the public survival training in any event.

General Michael (Mick) Webster

USCDA Commandant


What can you do at such a time?


Earlier today, Hawaiian residents got a disturbing alert on their phones and on television: “an alert warning that a missile is inbound to the islands and people should take shelter immediately”. That alarm sent the public running. The correcting notification was slow to confirm it to be false.


Hawaii news outlets were also slow at reporting that it was sent in error.


The alert, which read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” alarmed residents, who posted screenshots of the notification on Twitter.


Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was the first to report the error she some how was able to get the correction out to the public before any news media, state, or U.S. military admitted it was a false alarm. Later Gabbard said that she had confirmed with officials that there was no danger to the island. Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency likewise confirmed that there was no threat, and that it was investigating the incident. The US Pacific Command noted that the message was sent in error, and a correction has since been sent out.




It’s not immediately clear what prompted the notification, FEMA would not return calls. The notification was a jarring one for island residents. Given the considerable tensions between the United States and North Korea, such a notification is a nightmare to receive, and could potentially erode trust in the system.


Unfortunately the public did no know what to do, few had any training and panic. For local USCDA chapters that’s where you can offer training of what to do in case of nuclear attack.


Even though some of us are old enough to remember air raid training in the 50’s, most people today have no idea what to do to try and protect themselves and their families if an attack is launched.


USCDA members and the public can go to our web site and click on training and scroll down to FEMA courses and look for related nuclear attack scenarios, and USCDA members can offer it to the folks in your area.


Gen: Michael (Mick) Webster

United States Civil Defense Assoc. HQ

Web site www.uscda.us

e-mail mvwsr@aol.com

IS-3: Radiological Emergency Management Covering a variety of topics, this ISP course contains information about: Fundamental principles of radiation; nuclear threat and protective measures; nuclear power plants; Radiological transportation accidents; and other radiological hazards. (1.0 CEUs)



USCDA  On Alert Montecito’s Mud and Debris Flows

Attention USCDA members. USCDA has deployed volunteers, search dogs, and A Drone. USCDA needs freeze dried foods. Send to HQ.

The death toll from massive debris flows that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders rose to 17 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard continued rescue operations Wednesday afternoon.

About 300 people who were stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon neighborhood throughout the debris field were rescued Tuesday night. Authorities had said late Tuesday that residents were still stuck and that first responders planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak.

The mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when intense rains dislodged boulders and caused heavy mudflow along hillsides that were scarred by the sprawling Thomas fire late last year. A number of homes were ripped from their foundations, with some pulled more than half a mile by water and mud before they broke apart.

“It looked like a World War I battlefield,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday.

Sources: Santa Barbara county, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap @latimesgraphics

The death toll rose to 17 after bodies were recovered Wednesday, Brown told reporters at an afternoon news conference.

At least 28 others had been reported injured, and 17 more are missing, officials said. Approximately 100 homes were destroyed and 300 were damaged in the mudslides. Eight commercial properties were also destroyed.

Officials have yet to publicly identify any of those killed in the mudslides. Mike Eliason, public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said there were juveniles among the deceased.

With much of the area still inaccessible, officials have said they fear the number of people killed in the mudslides could rise.

Sheriffs deputies carry a body from the debris near Hot Springs Road in Montecito after a major storm hit the burn area Tuesday. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Southern California was drenched Tuesday, but nowhere did the rainstorm inflict more pain than in Montecito, just weeks after the coastal community dealt with the devastating Thomas fire.

Some 500 firefighters from across the state rushed to help, with crews struggling through clogged roads, waist-deep mud and downed trees throughout the day in search of victims. Dozens of survivors were hoisted to safety in helicopters.

The rain overwhelmed the south-facing slopes above Montecito, flooding the creek and sending mud and boulders into residential neighborhoods, officials said.

On Wednesday morning, the noise of construction crews using bulldozers to move boulders and fallen trees along Sycamore Canyon Road and Hot Springs road echoed down empty streets. Thick mud and downed power lines filled the streets. As the rescue crews tried to open pathways, some residents walked through the mud hoping to aid in the search for missing relatives and friends.

With a shovel in one hand, a man who asked to be identified only as Mikey smoked a cigarette and then started shoveling mud and debris from the intersection.

He had been out since 5 a.m looking for his girlfriend’s missing sisters: Morgan and Sawyer Corey. He said their house, located roughly a half mile away in Sycamore Canyon Road, had been swept away.

“They are good people,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I’m hoping to find them.”

Montecito mudslides
A man who asked to be identified only as Mikey, sifts through mud and debris looking for his girlfriend’s two missing sisters: Morgan Corey and Sawyer Corey. He said their house on Sycamore Canyon Road was swept away. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

As he waded through deep mud, Montecito resident Ben Ekler said his friend’s mother and two children were swept away during Tuesday morning’s deluge. The mother and one of the children were found and are recovering at an area hospital, he said.

But the other child is still missing.

At least 7,000 people have been evacuated from the area. As part of ongoing rescue efforts, a “public safety exclusion zone” has been established in Montecito.

Residents in areas west of Sheffield Drive, East Valley Road and Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill and Hot Springs Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary are being asked to shelter in place and not move around the area. The move is designed to ease the task faced by rescue personnel, and those spotted in the area without approval could face arrest, authorities said.

Helicopters and rescue workers from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as firefighters and helicopters from fire departments in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties have all descended on Montecito, Eliason said.

An airship with night-vision capabilities hovered over the damaged area through the early morning hours. With the rain stopped, Eliason said rescue crews remain hopeful they can soon reach others who are trapped.

“The weather was favorable. Search and rescue is still very confident that we’re still in that window for rescue mode,” he said. “We’re actively pursuing trying to get in there as quick as we can to get those people to safety.”

Rescuing those trapped in Romero Canyon and reaching other homes that were made inaccessible by the mudslides was a priority, he said, because many of those people could be without crucial supplies.

“A majority of Montecito and that whole area is in the Stone Age right now,” Eliason said. “There is no water. There is no gas. There is no electricity.”

The storm system that hit Southern California beginning Monday dumped more than 5 inches of rain on some parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and officials had been concerned that sections of the state damaged by last month’s wildfires would be susceptible to heavy mudflows. Soil scorched by fire is less able to absorb water.

Mudflows washed out a nearly 30-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway between Santa Barbara and Ventura, and also prompted evacuations in parts of Burbank and Los Angeles on Tuesday. The heavy weather also caused a surge in motor vehicle accidents across the Southland, according to the California Highway Patrol.

But Santa Barbara County clearly took the brunt of the damage, where mud, boulders, husks of cars and housing frames were common sights. The section of Montecito that was hit hardest was actually south of the Thomas fire’s burn scar, and not subject to mandatory evacuation, according to Eliason.

But a creek that feeds the Pacific Ocean swelled early Tuesday morning, raining boulders and flood waters onto residents as they slept.

The rains were like a starter’s gun for many in Montecito and nearby Carpinteria. Peter Lapidus said the sound of droplets pummeling his home forced him out of bed around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

“It was like a bomb went off,” he said. “It wasn’t raining hard, and then it was like you flipped a switch.”

Maude Feil, who was traversing the mud on Olive Mill Road with a walking stick Wednesday morning, said the area looked “like an apocalypse happened” when she first emerged from her home the day before.

As she walked, she made a grim discovery when she spotted what she thought was a mannequin beneath railroad tricks

“It was a woman’s body,” she said.

Feil had to evacuate during the Thomas fire, and said she was worried survivors who managed to get through the wildfire unscathed may have lost everything they own in Tuesday’s debris flow

“I’ve never been so close to a fire in my whole entire life, then this,” she said. “People who didn’t lose their house in the fire — they just lost huge things in the mud. It’s like a war zone or something.”

Etehad and Mejia reported from Montecito. Queally reported from Los Angeles. Times Staff Writers Joseph Serna, Alene Tchhekmedyian and Hailey Branson-Potts contributed to this report.




Urgent alerts about deadly mudslides came too late for Montecito victims

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018, 5:07 PM PT
Officials had been warning for days that heavy storms could produce strong mudflows. But when Tuesday morning’s storm proved much worse than forecasters predicted, emergency agencies struggled to alert Montecito residents on their cellphones about the urgent danger. By the time alerts got out, it was too late for most residents still inside their homes. There was no way to escape.


South Korea, U.S. to deploy THAAD missile defense, drawing China rebuke

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, South Korea’s Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defense Department said.

“This is an important … decision,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, said in a statement. “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction require the alliance to take this prudent, protective measure to bolster our … missile defense.”

The announcement came a day after the U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted leader North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses. North Korea called this “a declaration of war” and vowed a tough response.

Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the THAAD decision. It also criticized the decision to impose sanctions on the leader of its ally North Korea.

Analysts say the U.S. moves are likely to further raise tensions between Washington and Beijing ahead of an international court ruling due on Tuesday in a case the Philippines, a U.S. ally, has brought against China’s extensive claims in the South China Sea.

China said the THAAD system would destabilize the regional security balance without achieving anything to end North Korea’s nuclear program. China is North Korea’s main ally but it opposes its pursuit of nuclear weapons and backed tough new United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang in March.

“China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to stop the deployment process of the THAAD anti-missile system, not take any steps to complicate the regional situation and do nothing to harm China’s strategic security interests,” China’s Foreign Ministry said.

“The Chinese side will consider taking necessary steps to maintain national strategic security and regional strategic balance,” the defense ministry said in a statement on its website on Friday evening.

A South Korean Defence Ministry official said selection of a site for THAAD could come “within weeks,” and the allies were working to have it operational by the end of 2017.

It will be deployed to U.S. Forces Korea “to protect alliance military forces,” a joint statement said. The United States maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war.

“It will be focused solely on North Korean nuclear and missile threats and would not be directed toward any third-party nations,” the statement said.




Mission Statement 
The United States Civil Defense Association (USCDA)

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 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 responders, manning command posts, call centers, county, state and multi-county 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 local Churches, the 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.

We 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.

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 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 Church chapter and County Sheriff to start and maintain their partnership with USCDA.

USCDA while working in partnership with local churches, 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 other county residents.

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

We have along-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 nondenominational churches, 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.  We  have local  chapters in many States, counties and cities and are growing and each chapter should stage for distribution emergency water, food and other emergency supplies. Each USCDA chapter 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 churches and other voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of 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.

We promote and defend the principles of just government bequeathed to us by our forefathers. 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 church and other lay 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 and frontend loaders. 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 or biological weapons; 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.


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 


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

luding 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.


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