Commentary and information about public safety and security, intelligence and counterintelligence, open government and secrecy, and other issues in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Katrina and the National Response Plan

Until a few days ago, when we thought of homeland security, we thought first about response to terrorism. Hurricane Katrina's effects on not just the southeastern United States but on the entire nation should remind us that homeland security also includes response to all hazards, including natural disasters.

"In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)- 5, the President directed the development of a new National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, all-disciplines, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management."

Late Tuesday, August 30, 2005, the Department of Homeland Security declared Hurricane Katrina to be an "incident of national significance". This understated declaration triggered the NRP.


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