May 1, 2006 fema emergency Management Higher Education Project Activity Report

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May 1, 2006 FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project Activity Report

RW (Radio World) Online. "Chertoff Plans 'Embedded Reporter' Program,"

April 28, 2006. Accessed at:‰07 [Excerpt: "Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the Department of Homeland Security would begin an "embedded" reporter program during crises such as hurricanes."]

Hamashige, Hope. "Explosive Wildfire Season Predicted fro U.S. West, South." National Geographic News, April 28, 2006. Accessed at:
Little Hoover Commission. Safeguarding the Golden State: Preparing for Catastrophic Events (Report #184). Sacramento, CA: Little Hoover Commission, April 27, 2006. Accessed at:

[Excerpt from letter of transmission from Commission to Governor Schwarzenagger: "Like the Gulf Coast prior to Katrina, the risks of catastrophic events in California are well known but largely ignored. Seismic safety officials report that hundreds of schools, hospitals, apartments and office buildings are at risk of collapse or failure in a large earthquake, crushing the lives and opportunities of our children, our parents and our neighbors. Massive levee failures could inundate the Central Valley and choke off the water supply that sustains the residents and economy of Southern California. And every Californian is at risk of an infectious outbreak that could quickly outpace our capacity for treatment and response. Damages from a major seismic event in either the Bay Area or Los Angeles could exceed the entire $100 billion budget of the State of California. A terrorist attack on one of California's major ports could halt trade on the Pacific Rim and undermine California's economic engine. But like Louisiana, California has no recovery plan to guide rebuilding."]

WLOX-TV Biloxi (4/29, 10:06 p.m.) -- Biloxi Resists FEMA Flood Plain Recommendations. "The city council is expected to take up the issue of flood elevation level, on Tuesday. Council members will propose the city continue to use FEMA flood maps put in place 23 years ago. This proposal goes against FEMA's recommendations to significantly expand the city's floodplain. The measure would however require new construction to an additional three feet above the current one foot base elevation." [Note: Which would be, of course, more expensive up front. Perhaps if a formula were developed to discount the average worth of human lives lost (WTC formula, for example) multiplied by an estimate of probability of loss, then added to the equation, the cost/benefit ratio might look a bit different.]

(3) FEMA:

Associated Press. "Sen. Clinton Opposes Senators' Plan To Scrap FEMA,"

April 28, 2006. Accessed at:
[Excerpt: "The former first lady wrote [Senators Collins and Lieberman] she was 'disappointed' in the recommendation from Collins and Lieberman, and argued FEMA is still worth saving as an independent agency outside DHS reporting directly to the president. FEMA's mission 'was lost in the growing and expansive bureaucratic structure of the newly formed DHS,' she wrote. 'I believe that the lesson learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is that DHS is ill equipped to oversee FEMA and its responsibilities'."]

Baltimore Sun (Editorial). "FEMA By Any Other Name..." April 30, 2006.

Accessed at:,0,5459047.story?collºl-opinion-headlines

[Excerpt: "The silliest recommendation from panel Chairwoman Susan M. Collins, a Maine Republican, and ranking Democrat Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut is to change FEMA's name because they believe its reputation has been tarred beyond repair. They can call it "Rosebud" if they want to. But that's not going to fool anybody. Doing a really good job the next time disaster strikes would be the best way to burnish that image."]

Bangor Daily News. "FEMA's Second Life," April 29, 2006. Accessed at: [Excerpt: " least as important is the reintegration of the four basic functions of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation."]
CNN Late Edition (4/30, 12:22 p.m.): From DHS Daily Brief: "Sen.

Barbara Boxer addressed last week's Senate Homeland Security Committee report on Katrina, saying, 'I appreciate the effort that Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman put into this issue of looking at FEMA. I agree in terms of their reaction to Hurricane Katrina, everything she said was true. But I also lived through so many disasters in my state. ... We had several earthquakes and so on. At times they operated magnificently. Let me tell you, that was when there was a different leader and had such great morale and the most helpful people and he was a rock star when he came into my state. People loved him because of his leadership. So here's the thing I believe: We made a mistake when FEMA was put into the Homeland Security reorganization. I personally voted against that and so did my colleague from California. We believe FEMA deserves to be at the table as a separate independent agency and I am working now with my colleagues to take FEMA out of Homeland Security and put it back as an independent agency with the feet at the table'."

Concord Monitor (Editorial). "FEMA Is Even More Broken Than You Think." April 30, 2006. Accessed at:
Jordan, Lara Jakes. "Disaster Response Improvements Lacking."

Associated Press, April 29, 2006. Accessed at:;_ylt=yYQzs_17mOR_7hmkkeuWBvzwcF;_ylu=oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA--

Macon Telegraph (GA)(Editorial). "How To Fix FEMA? We Have The Answer," May 1, 2006. Accessed at: [Their answer -- put FEMA under USCG Admiral Allen, reassign General Russel Honore to FEMA, and bring in Wal-mart and other private sector planners.]
Marino, Jonathan. "FEMA Workers Want To Shift Focus Away From Post-Katrina Reports." Government Executive - Daily Briefing. April 28, 2006. Accessed at:
New York Times (Editorial). "Revamping FEMA," May 1, 2006. Accessed


News 7 (WDAM-TV, Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS). "Senator Trent Lott Says Make F.E.M.A. Independent Again," April 30, 2006. Accessed at:
Radelat, Ana. "FEMA Head Says Agency Got 'Bum Rap'." Shreveport Times, May 1, 2006. Accessed at:
Rocky Mountain News (CO) (Editorial). "Report Misses Boat On FEMA - Reform Must Address Efficiency," April 30, 2006. Accessed at:,2777,DRMN_23964_4658421,00.html

[Excerpt: "We have argued that it was a mistake to sweep FEMA into the Department of Homeland Security when that bureaucratic behemoth was created in 2002. Indeed, Colorado Rep. Mark Udall voted against the bill establishing the department largely because it would absorb FEMA. Homeland Security was meant to fight terrorism and combat other man-made threats. How battling natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes satisfied that mission was always a mystery."]

Strohm, Chris. "House Committee Aims To Move First On FEMA Overhaul."

Government Executive - Daily Briefing, April 28, 2006. Accessed at:


Flynn, Stephen E. and Daniel B. Prieto. Neglected Defense: Mobilizing the Private Sector to Support Homeland Security. Washington, DC:

Council on Foreign Relations, CSR No. 13, March 2006, 60 pages.

Accessed at:
Homeland Security Affairs, Vol. II, Issue 1, 2006 -- now available at:

[Some of the content: "Changing Homeland Security: Teaching the Core," by Christopher Bellavita and Ellen M. Gordon "'Who's in Charge?' New Challenges in Homeland Defense and Homeland Security," by Thomas Goss "The Disaster after 9/11: The Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Reorganization"

"Deconvolution of Plant Type(s) for Homeland Security Enforcement using Remote Sensing on a UAV Collection Platform," by James A. Tindall "Philosophy and Disaster," by Naomi Zack]
Kamen, Al. "A 'Patriot Shares the Skinny on Homeland Security."

Washington Post, May 1, 2006. Accessed at:


Jones, Del. "Few U.S. Companies Are Prepared For Bird Flu Outbreak - Economy Could Be Hobbled If Fearful Workers Stay Home." USA Today, May 1, 2006. Accessed at:


Nelson, Karen. "Staying With Animals in Katrina Was a Deadly Choice For Some, and the Hurricane Left Other Owners Seeking Shelter From The Storm." Associated Press, April 30, 2006. Accessed at:


Peirce, Neal. "A Sustainable Way to Live With The Perils of Hurricanes," Houston Chronicle, April 29, 2006. Accessed at:
Note: The Houston Chronicle item above references an journal article recently published by Oliver Houck:
Houck, Oliver. "Can We Save New Orleans?" Tulane Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 19, Spring 2006 (April), Issue 1, pp. 2-68. Accessed at:


Department of State. Country Reports on Terrorism 2005. Washington,

DC: Department of State, Office of the Coordinator fro Counterterrorism, April 2006. Accessed at:

De Young, Karen. "Terrorist Attacks Rose Sharply in 2005, State Dept.

Says." Washington Post, April 29, 2006. Accessed at:
Eltahawy, Mona. "Once Again, For Muslims, It's 'Us Versus Us'."

International Herald Tribune, April 28, 2006. Accessed at:
Johnston, David, and Mark Mazzetti. "Some See Hints of Disharmony in Qaeda Tapes." New York Times, May 1, 2006. Accessed at:·cae499727e20fd&eiP94&partner=mepage

B.Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM

Higher Education Project Manager

Emergency Management Institute

National Emergency Training Center

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

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(301) 447-1598, fax

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