Executive Memorandum posted October 5, 2005
Katrina's Forgotten Responders: State Defense Forces Play a Vital Role
law allows states to raise and maintain state defense forces (SDF).
As the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, these
groups can be an important supplement to the National Guard,
particularly during catastrophic disasters. When trained,
disciplined, and well organized, local responders are essential for
providing immediate aid and security.…
Lecture posted June 2, 2005
Who Will Help the Emergency Responders?
ability of almost all local governments to deal with terrorist
attacks or other incidents is limited. They can handle the daily
menu of routine incidents that can be addressed and settled within
a few hours, but they cannot alone manage major or catastrophic
John Powers, who has studied this matter, says that once casualties
from a single…