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November 20, 2015

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 20, 2015

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:12 am

today’s comments will be devoted to WARNING and safety of RESPONDERS.

In a Commission Report on the highly technical subject of WARNING note the following:

A National Strategy for Integrated Public Warning Policy and Capability

The goal of this report is to develop consensus on a national vision and specific goals for improving all-hazard warning systems at the Federal, state and local levels.

Published by Partnership for Public Warning
May 16, 2003

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:22 am

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was designed to replace the EAS [Emergency Alerting System] under an Executive Order issued in 2006 by President George W. Bush.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:27 am

A bill to require FEMA to modernize IPAWS [S. 1180] passed the Senate in July:


Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:32 am

Executive Order 13407 of June 26, 2006: Public Alert and Warning System – US GPO

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:44 am

While IPAWS as indicated by Senate passage of S.1180 remains very important FEMA has struggled with technical assignments of various kinds. For background see:


The end of the above discussion is to try and form some picture of who exactly are the canaries for the citizens and residents of the U.S.A. and will any of US get real-time information from the government that might save lives and property from destruction.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:48 am

Unfortunately I would have to argue that PUBLIC SAFETY officers–both law enforcement and FIRE SERVICE despite 40 years of EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT are still most likely to be the canaries in our EM system.

And CDC still struggles with effective notification and warning of disease vectors impacting the U.S.A.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2015 @ 5:51 am

Link to E.O. 13407:


Important taskings still not accomplished IMO!

Comment by Citizen Joe

November 20, 2015 @ 11:23 am

Citizen Joe has some concerns as apparently this Friday reports of one Governor not seeking to take Syrian refugees primarily made up of Muslims and not Christians by the way….Christians so brutally tortured throughout the Middle East especially recently and not obviously in the interest of Valerie Jarrett and other US administration officials as we see this morning another Governor willing to admit refugees despite the assurance that each and every refugee admitted to his State is vetted – not by a corrupt UN process – but by US intel and immigration folks —

….my calls to the Governor willing to take refugees, how do you Sir propose to keep tabs on refugees without any database within your borders for my calls to US Senators today are an invite to our kids’ funerals in the months and years ahead to assure us that they will stand in bereavement with our American families for the 20, 50 or even 100 of these refugees and possibly more intentionally infiltrated by ISIS with terrorists and killing our kids at the malls and other —

As an American who must carry his license and is asked for his id even with purchase and a VISA card, how will these few Governors so hell bent on admitting refugees from anywhere and especially Muslims versus Christians who are subjected to such abuse as Christians demanding that they either convert to Islam or shot in the head or in most instances, simply killed in cold blooded murder because they are Christians, to the Governors and any other elected US official at a time in history when this White House has intentionally stirred the divisiveness we see here on ‘Main Street USA” and the anti-cop, anti-authority we see on campuses where our kids are trying to get an education and not a history lesson as to slavery 150 years ago when in fact I (we) see not color as the white majority voted a Black man to the Oval Office not once, but twice….

My concerns are truly will these gentlemen elected as has been this White House to put politics aside and place the safety and well being of Americans first, to close our borders and stop any immigration until laws on the books are enforced and our borders closed and everyone is documented properly and anyone breaking the law imposed by immigration when Visa is granted is addressed….

We have sen DHS release felons – we have seen this WH release convicted felons just recently onto our streets and now we are to accept unvetted Syrian or otherwise Muslims into our nation when we hear shouts of “God is Great” and we see mass murder, cold blooded murder, threats against washington, DC, New York City and a our respected and dedicated Patriots at FBI. NSA, CIA and other say, folks we are worried….Oh my Senators, my question this Friday via HLSWatch:

How can you assure us that in those States where YOU accept refugees who cannot be vetted as there are no database to do so and knowing that there are at least 1250+ known terror cells within the US already given the partisan politics you fellas play while assuring your own self-agenda and political party aspirations where this past week I have called for John Kerry’s immediate resignation given his outrageous comments as well as another embarrassing portrayal by Barry Obama lending his concern more for the friends of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islam than for Christians persecuted and willingly compromising the well being of not only our kids, but how about our dedicated and brave first responders, our police officers who are called in a frantic 911 moment for any reason and no one sees color or whether one is Muslim,. Christian, Hebrew or Hindu –

Now reports of chemical or biological attack – how much monies have been spent of Homeland Security since 911 and still We here on ‘Main Street USA” whether peace loving and family oriented Muslim seeking freedom of religious choice in faith who are committed to family and community as Muslim Americans or the same as Christians or Hebrews or Hindu…we are American and proud of our beloved Republic who affords us freedom for which many have perished to allow our strong arsenal in Democracy to enable us to be free and for women in particular not be subject to the abuses we see globally….

Assure us that YOU the Governors so assured by this tainted and biased Oval Office who has run to cairo in “apology” run to Cambridge (MA) and intervened in a local police matter having no reason for a US President to intervene whatsoever and so on and so forth, assure us that YOU will keep those refugees within your state borders so that we will not have to attend our kids’ funerals when suicide vests are blown up at the local mall and if you cannot, well, will you be available or hide when we hold our kids’ funerals –

Yesterday Governors, a Massachusetts young man, 18, an American Orthodox Hebrew was stabbed to death while praying in Jerusalem and today, their family mourns and even in Israel, given its remarkable intelligence and defense of its citizens, folks are getting stabbed on the streets — what are we do expect here Governors as already DHS and this Oval Office has permitted convicted felons to walk our streets among us, GITMO detainee permitted to leave GITMO when the world mourned with our fellow Parisians and the families of Christians, Muslims and others so brutally and savagely attacked and killed and injuring seriously some 350 others…now Mali which we expected for Northern mali in 2012 was grabbed by AQ and more deaths will be reported by supposed Muslims who shout out, “God is Great” and then kill an innocent person, women and children without any regard…when in fact any Loving and peaceful Muslim or Christian or Hebrew or Hindu, Black, White, Blue or Green would never think of harming another fellow human being and act against Islam or civilization in any such way….

– God is Great – and as American Muslims, Christians, Hebrew or Hindu or other, we need not hear the shouts of those seeking to manipulate the teachings of Islam or Christianity or Judaism or other, for anyone shouting “God is Great” and in witness by God, sees such slaughter, this folks is the 21st century and it is time to put the sword of Islam and Christianity aside and Respect one another, however YOU Governors, when the FBI and other intel folks we Respect and Honor and depend on for our safety, our local and state police officers and first responders who we cherish every day as we pull our vehicles to the right and permit them to hurry to help a fellow citizen no matter color or religious preference, our neighbors, family and friends, if you cannot vett any refugee w database and assure that YOU will keep them within your state borders away from those of us fearful of the next attacks and responsible for the safety of our kids and our neighbors given the fact that apparently those we have”entrusted” from top down do not understand that their first obligation is the safety of US citizens, not illegal immigrants or refugees or convicted felons released by DHS or any other from our prisons and you maintain sanctuary cities and allow lovely Kate not to have her Life, but some scumbag to take the Life of innocent, such preciousness in Life, such an obviously lovely young woman and cause her family and all such bereavement over such a devastating loss – well, Governors and to the White House and to State and to this illustrious Justice Department who are so tainted, so biased yourselves and so embarrassing as we witnessed as the parisians and the world and ISIS such outrageous comments by Johnny Kerry and Barry Obama – how dare you?

Thank you to NSA who must have their access to records restored as they shortly expire and we must temporarily allow these NSA Patriots the access to records and individuals and thank you to our military and to our police officers, men and women now subjected to such despicable disrespect and a Barry Obama and Billy Ayers and others who stood on their milk boxes and spewed then such empty biased and divisive rhetoric and we are to trust you — Really?

Your comments were offensive in every way in at the G-20 and by obligation to safeguard our Constitution and to demand that this lawlessness among you is thwarted, we demand from a bi-partisan House of Representatives and Senate that you support We the People here on “Main Street USA” when we shout, “God is Great” and are in awe at His Blessings bestowed upon each of us and we shout, “God Bless America!” —

Peace loving Christians, Hebrews, Hindus, Muslims and all other children of God need to be protected from such hell bent brutality who manipulate religious verse and teachings when in fact these thugs led by the ‘Brutes of Tehran” who Johnny Kerry and Barry Obama and the Rev Wright are so quick to support and transfer billions in US taxpayer monies – not their monies – but our monies to support more terrorism and killings of Muslim Christian, Hebrew, Hindi and other — How dare you?

Advise your kids to join the FBI as we will need more and more FBI agents to track refugees unvetted and seeking our demise as apparently this WH administration is in breach of faith, treason and I shout at least, by House arrest this Barry Obama and good ‘ol Ms. Hillary for suspicion in breach of trust – treason whether for not enforcing laws or in fact, feeling somehow that they are above the law – everyone is subject to the law and our justice system, even those within the illustrious Justice Department who compromise the good name and work conducted by department personnel who understand their oath to office and to our conduct as Americans seeking justice for all lawful American citizens committed to stand forthright for our Constitution —

Joe Citizen
“Main Street USA”

Comment by Christopher Lambiase

November 22, 2015 @ 7:16 am

The first responders are need to be prepared for almost anything. They can lessen the damages, save iives, and so on. We should not wait for others to come arrive on scene because at that time it may be too late. First responders are also very vulnerable because when they arrive on scene they may not always know the dangers of the environment in which they go into.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 23, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

One published report on First Respondeer Safety was the MIPT Project Response report about 2005.

Anyone have a link? Still high balue IMO!

Thanks C.L.!

Comment by Sally Chapman

November 23, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

Perhaps this is the report that you are referring to.

Project Responder Interim Report: Emergency Responders’ Needs, Goals, and Priorities

S. Chapman
HSDL Librarian

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 24, 2015 @ 8:28 am

Thanks Sally and yes that is correct report! And indication of its impacts or even analysis?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 24, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

I will not be commenting this week [Nov. 27th] on the FFF! Consider it an OPEN THREAD!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 25, 2015 @ 9:04 am

History and Science:

The best technical report issued on Hurricane Katrina at this link:

Katrina report is here http://biotech.law.lsu.edu/katrina/hpdc/hpdc.htm

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 25, 2015 @ 11:38 am

RE: the Katrina report linked earlier

On day of release – front page http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/us/nationalspecial/11corps.html?_r=0/ and here http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/10/AR2007071001993.html

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2015 @ 8:26 am

A report I missed but significant considering over $100 Billion in disaster outlays the last decade:


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