California has had its share recently from earthquakes, wildfires, and drought. For decades, scientists have been predicting a major earthquake, registering 9+ on the Richter Scale, along the Southern California coastline. Estimates from the predicted ensuing damage range into tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dead, injured, and displaced persons. In addition, property damage has been estimated in billions of dollars. As a newly hired Intelligence Analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, you have been directed to develop a background paper pertaining to the response capabilities and responsibilities of DHS and its component agencies with regard to dealing with a major natural disaster. This background paper will cover the following issues: Describe which DHS agencies would play a primary role in responding to either of the following: Earthquakes Wildfires Discuss any National Guard or other military assistance. Explain how the major “lessons learned” from responding to Hurricane Katrina might be applied to a future earthquake or wildfire disaster. SLP Assignment Expectations Length: This SLP Assignment should be 3-5 pages, not counting the title page and references. References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format). Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question. Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. Required Reading Disaster response: Staff officer’s handbook, observations, insights, and lessons. (2007). GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved from https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/call/call_11-07.htm Read Ch. 4: “Department of Defense Role in Incident Response.” House of Representatives Report 109-377 (2005). A failure of initiative: Final report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to investigate the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina report. Retrieved from https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-109hrpt377/pdf/CRPT-109hrpt377.pdf Read pages 1 – 5. Kiner, D. (2020, August 28). ‘Total disaster zone’: The 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In PENNLIVE. Retrieved from https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/08/total-disaster-zone-the-15th-anniversary-of-hurricane-katrina.html Kyne, D., Lomeli, A. S., Donner, W., & Zuloaga, E. (2018). Who will stay, who will leave: Decision-making of residents living in potential hurricane impact areas during a hypothetical hurricane event in the Rio Grande valley. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 15(2). Available in the Trident Online Library. National Incident Management System (NIMS): http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system The federal response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons learned (2006). The White House. Retrieved from http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/reports/katrina-lessons-learned/ USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ Required Websites Department of Homeland Security: Disasters https://www.dhs.gov/topic/disasters Disaster Information Management Research Center: https://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): http://www.fema.gov Homeland Security News Wire: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/ National Incident Management System (NIMS): http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system USCG Earthquake Hazards Program: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/
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