A reader sends the first of a series:
I don’t expect .gov at any level to be smart enough to embrace these ideas, but no matter: folks in their neighborhoods can do so without the need for Big Brother/Sister/Intersected Confused Person looking over their shoulders. Suggestion for improvement from comments will be considered gratefully for future iterations.
Concepts for a 21st Century Civil Defense Organization
* World is becoming increasingly unstable at all levels from local to international.
* Infrastructure is both old and very tech dependent, leaving it vulnerable to both natural disaster and deliberate attack.
* Conversely, the population is becoming increasingly dependent on this infrastructure for all aspects of life and yet less able than ever to repair it or able to work without it in the event of its loss or severe damage.
* Governments at all levels simply do not have the resources to large scale or wide spread damage to the system.
* Develop a new Civil Defense Organization.
* This organization is not designed to replace government services on a day to day basis, but is there to supplement the regular structures when the scope of the problem makes it impossible for the traditional organizations to meet the need.
* The organization can be created by any private or public institution from a small church or informal neighborhood group all the way up to the Federal Government, with a heavy emphasis on local involvement.
* Ideally, the organizations will be physically centered around local fire halls, schools, and churches, due to their central location and existing infrastructure (e.g., parking for vehicles, communications, sanitation, and bulk cooking facilities.
* Most equipment and training will be provided by the Civil Defense Organization members themselves, thus minimizing or even eliminating the costs to the government.
* Some form of government recognition is preferred as it will allow for inter organizational training before a disaster strikes.
* The mere presence of such an organization will allow for the constructive use of tension in the event of disaster, as well as providing a calming effect. This should help reduce panic and civil unrest.
* Members can help their neighbors become better prepared to face disaster.
* Properly done, it will help FEMA and other agencies with the more efficient distribution of resources. A properly and uniformly trained local Civil Defense Organization can more accurately assess actual needs and distribute material where it needs to go as it will know the area better.
Overview of functions and organization:
* Will consist of three branches, a very brief overview of each follows:
o Medical – Helps provide local on site medical support at the scene of a disaster until regular medical channels can handle the demand.
o Communications – Consists of licensed Ham radio operators that provide alternate communications in the event that the regular commo systems are down.
o Engineers – By far the largest group, with the most general and varied responsibilities. Helps to provide and/or assist local fire suppression, barrier construction/maintenance, initial search and rescue, road clearing, hazard evaluation and mitigation, etc.
o Members will be CCW holders, although rational consideration will be given to others (e.g., medical professionals, electricians, etc).
o This is to ensure that all members have been screened to some extent and have no serious legal or mental issues. The CCW permit is the only widely available low/no cost screening method that ensures this.