Disaster Planning Documents Benchmark Government Expectations and Warn of Outcomes

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 4, 2005

Via TMP Cafe, this link to the Dept. of Homeland Security National Response Plan (Base Plan, 114 pages, PDF and the full version, 426 pages, PDF), implemented December 2004:

  • “The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines—homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector—and integrates them into a unified structure. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents.”
  • Related reference from a comment on TMP Cafe:

  • From GlobalSecurity.org, Planning Scenarios, Executive Summaries Created for Use in Federal, National and State: Natural Disaster – Major Hurricane
  • Another significant link via GlobalSecurity.org documents data fundamental to the disaster this past week. From the Annual Interim Progress Report Assessment and Remediation of Public Health Impacts Due to Hurricanes and Major Flooding Events HEF (2001-06)-01 (Year 3), (59 pages, PDF), by Ivor Ll. van Heerden, Ph.D., Director, and Kathryn Streva, Research Associate, Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, Submitted to the Louisiana Board of Regents, December 21, 2004:

    “Among our measures of likely evacuation behavior was one that asked respondents what they would do if a storm as severe as Hurricane Andrew—a Category 4 storm—threatened New Orleans. Our analyses thus far focus on that measure of probable evacuation behavior. We focus these analyses further on the proportion of individuals who would leave the New Orleans area, and on its correlates. Overall, we find that 68.8% of respondents would leave the area, 9.8% would leave their homes but remain in the area, and 21.4% would remain in their homes. That 21.4% of respondents would remain in their homes is a startling and important statistic, because it indicates that nearly 1 in 4 residents would refuse to leave their homes and 3 in 10 would refuse to leave the area.”

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