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May 31, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 31, 2013

I apologize to fans of the Friday Free Forum.  This has been an unusually busy week and I simply forgot to launch this space for your comments.  It is now late Friday afternoon.

This week has been packed with breaking news related to homeland security.

I will note, however, that on this date in the year 526 an earthquake hit Antioch (now Turkey), essentially the New York City of its day.  Over 250,000 died.  Twelve years later the recovering city was sacked by the invading Persians.  In 541-542 Antioch was decimated by plague.

After more than nine centuries as the leading city of the Eastern Mediterranean Antioch slid into obscurity over a period of less than twenty years.

What’s on your mind regarding homeland security?

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 31, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

Perhaps I just missed it because the cover states March 2013 but the required annual preparedness report under both PKEMRA 2006 and PP-8 has now been released publically for 2013.

I believe this report was drafted by the Obsidian Consulting Group the new home for Jason McMamara the FEMA
Chief of Staff the last 4 years.

Whatever the merits of the report it appears to be more honest than those in the past including the first one issued in the very last days of the Bush Administration in January 2009. Why?

In the report the STATES and LOCALs are revealed as largely giving up on their preparedness across the full spectrum of EM activity and announce they will rely even more on federal government support. The OFA;s and NGO’s FEMA relies on have already diminished their capabilities willingly and unwillingly.

My conclusion is that actual capability on a national level is now below that in 1979 the year FEMA was established by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978.

HS remains undefined but as administered by the last two administrations and as Congress wishes is now the premier federal law enforcement agency no longer the DoJ and FBI
is a good one.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 31, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

Somehow my last sentence garbled but IMO the new
FBI probable nominee is a good one!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 31, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Viewing latest reports from Oklahoma w/tornadoes on the ground and two people already killed in their vehicles with overturned cars and injuries…when will the public listen to authorities and wether experts who advise that folks should not be in their cars and rather seeking immediate shelter! Reports are now coming in this evening of the possibility of other tornadoes in the St. Louis and Illinois area, let’s hope all are safe!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 31, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

Unfortunately, latest report from Oklahoma state two fatalities and given the numerous people who were in vehicles and some injured, I am suggesting the following public safety slogan – Stay Alert to Stay Alive! – to authorities in the Oklahoma area for far too many folks were in their cars with reported tornadoes on the ground or in the vicinity and even more injuries could of resulted.

God bless those injured or killed. The folks in Oklahoma have certainly shown their resilience with so many tornadoes affecting the area with many seeking safety in storm shelters….

– Stay Alert to Stay Live! –

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