"Catastrophic Incidents" and Military Aid

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US military warships, aircraft to Texas
CNN on search & rescue mission with US Navy 
Updated 4:19 AM ET, Thu August 31, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/30/politics/texas-harvey-flooding-military-re... Washington (CNN) With floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey swallowing entire Texas cities, the US military is mobilizing resources nationwide to help local law enforcement and civilian volunteers...Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard of roughly 12,000 troops On Sunday the US Defense Department and Gov. Abbott agreed to establish a "dual-status command" with a single commander for federal and state forces... "It is imperative we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans," Abbott said in a statement...
On Monday Military surgical teams, communications teams, maintenance and other military support elements... were given orders to be prepared to deploy within 24 hours. These military forces are being sent and on standby to assist with rescue efforts: 
Navy and Air Force
Wednesday the Navy announced two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas,
The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, was in the Atlantic Ocean for training, but returned to Norfolk Tuesday to load up with disaster relief supplies like water and food, and a unit of Marines, before departing for Texas on Thursday. .
The Oak Hill, a smaller dock landing ship, will bring supplies and join the Kearsarge supporting "federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey," according to the Navy.
On Monday night Air Force and Navy helicopters began flying rescue missions in Texas... marking the first use of active duty military assets in the hurricane rescue efforts. The helicopters included six Navy MH-60s and three Air Force HH-60 rotary wing aircraft. 
On Tuesday, US Northern Command deployed nine search-and-rescue helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft and pararescue teams to Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth assisting in rescue operations....On Tuesday night a US Navy P-8 surveillance airplane flew its first mission providing imagery of the impact area to FEMA according to a defense official...used in combat zones the P-8 surveillance aircraft provides high resolution surveillance and reconnaissance data....the focus is on assessing widespread areas for rescue and recovery in civilian emergencies...More than three dozen additional aircraft have been identified for use in rescue operations if the state asks for additional help.

National Guard
With the entire Texas National Guard activated, 16 aircraft have been deployed and personnel are conducting day and night wide-area search-and-rescue missions along the Texas coast, from Corpus Christi to Houston. The New York Air National Guard provided one C-130 aircraft, three HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, and two C-17 cargo planes. There are also six helicopters from Utah, the Nebraska and North Carolina Army National Guards.The Texas National Guard is also using about 200 Humvees and 200 high-water vehicles.
Coast Guard 
The US Coast Guard has 39 helicopters and seven airplanes stationed at two operating bases in New Orleans and Houston

Marines, Defense Logistics Agency and Army
The US Marine Corps, deploying 690 US Marines aboard the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, is set to sail on Thursday, a US Marine Corps official...said the Marines will be from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force Marine Expeditionary Force ...and additional aviation assets will include: eight MV-22B Ospreys, three CH-53E Super Stallions and three UH-1Y Hueys...
"Currently, Charlie Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, based in Galveston, and Charlie Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, based in San Antonio, are conducting immediate response missions in support of relief efforts," the statement said.

US military stands ready to assist Texas, if requested
A number of Marine Corps boats, aircraft and tactical vehicles are awaiting orders from US Northern Command, it added. 
More than 100 2.5-ton US Army trucks capable of moving in high water were sent to flooded areas of Houston from Fort Hood on Tuesday, according to a US defense official. The trucks will be used in flooded areas to help rescue and move people through high water. The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency is also providing 450,000 gallons of diesel and 50,000 gallons of gas expected to arrive at Fort Hood on Wednesday, according to a statement from US Northern Command on Tuesday.

Catastrophic Hurricane Evacuation Plan Evaluation Report to Congress
A catastrophic incident is defined as "Any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, and/or government functions. A catastrophic event could result in sustained national impacts over a prolonged period of time; almost immediately exceeds resources normally available to State, local, tribal, and private-sector authorities in the impacted area; and significantly interrupts governmental operations and emergency services to such an extent that national security could be threatened. All catastrophic events are Incidents of National Significance."
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RAND CORP
Hurricane Katrina: Lessons for Army Planning and Operations
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG603.html
The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Army and conducted by the RAND Arroyo Center.
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The efforts undertaken by civilian and military organizations in response to Hurricane Katrina were historically unprecedented, but problems did arise in the military response that contributed to delays in accomplishing evacuations and relief operations across the storm-ravaged areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, particularly New Orleans. A number of steps can be taken to enhance future military disaster-response efforts: give the National Guard the federal mission to conduct homeland security activities; make each National Guard unit capable of rapid deployment; prepare governors to call up Guard units to state active duty for out-of-state emergencies; and design a regional approach in the National Guard through the creation of ten National Guard standing homeland security task forces. Designating National Guard and active-duty units for homeland security in the Army’s unit-readiness planning process also deserves consideration, as does an approach to command and control structure that prepares decision makers to quickly select from a set of predefined alternatives giving the lead to federal or state task forces depending on the characteristics of the emergency.

Learning the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina for the U.S. Army
2007 http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9255.html
What the Lessons Learned Showed
This research brief describes work done for the RAND Arroyo Center documented in Hurricane Katrina: Lessons for Army Planning and Operations, MG-603-A, 2007, 106 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8330-4167-8 (Full Document).
Analyses of the many lessons learned showed that the nation’s response to Katrina was both impressive and unprecedented. It was also inadequate. Focusing on the issues that had a major effect on the responses to the hurricane, Arroyo researchers found that although the most important problem was the speed with which local, state, and federal civilian organizations were overwhelmed, the military response also had problems, particularly in the critical first few days. Researchers also concluded that absent changes in how the Army plans for, responds to, and operates in catastrophic domestic emergencies, future responses will not look very different. However, the research also shows that the Army can take steps to make its response quicker and more robust.
What the Army Should Do
The National Guard is the military force of first resort for domestic emergencies and played a central role in the response to Hurricane Katrina. Accordingly, many of the recommendations pertain to the National Guard. Arroyo researchers recommend state governors and adjutants general do the following to improve the response of their units in out-of-state emergencies:

* Give the National Guard the federal mission to conduct homeland security activities, as is the case today in counterdrug operations.
* Prepare National Guard units for rapid response not only within their states but also for emergencies in other states.
* Designate units to fill in during disaster response operations for National Guard units deployed overseas.
* Prepare the governors to call up units involuntarily.
* Plan on using the Air National Guard or commercial airlines to fly designated units to out-of-state emergencies.

However, a National Guard focus on preparations within and among states will not be sufficient. The National Guard needs to adopt a regional focus in its preparations for catastrophic domestic emergencies. The researchers recommend the creation of ten regional task forces that would work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other civilian agencies.

For both active-duty and National Guard units, the Army should take advantage of the ARFORGEN process (the structured method by which units move through a series of scripted steps to improve their readiness) to enhance its ability to respond to catastrophic domestic emergencies. All units in the ARFORGEN Ready pool should be given more extensive homeland security training, and then some active-duty and Guard units in the Available pool could be assigned a homeland security mission. The number given the homeland security mission would be defined in light of currently available civilian responders.

Multiple command and control structures complicated the military response to Katrina. Given the uncertainty of future events, designating a single command and control arrangement is neither feasible nor wise. A set of predefined alternatives could be designed to give the lead to federal or state task forces, thereby enabling decisionmakers to make a quick selection depending on the circumstances of the emergency.

These recommendations do not come without cost. But what is most needed is a change from past practices and in perspectives on the military’s role in catastrophic domestic emergencies. Hurricane Katrina came with ample warning. A terrorist attack would not. The need for trained and ready military forces to deal with homeland security is no less important than for contingencies overseas. square
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Geoengineering projects around the world – map
7/17/12  by Finbarr Sheeh https://www.theguardian.com/environment/graphic/2012/jul/17/geoengineeri...
ETC Group world map of geoengineering first attempt to document the expanding scope of research and experimentation in the large-scale manipulation of Earth or climate systems 
  US geoengineers spray sun-reflecting chemicals from balloon
Geoengineering
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HAARP High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
Military Scientists Study Ionoshpere
2/26/10 Special to American Forces Press Service http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=58119 “The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program known as HAARP, is basically a joint Air Force-Navy program to investigate ionospheric physics and radio science,” explained James Battis, HAARP program manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory, in a Feb. 24 interview on Pentagon Web Radio’s audio webcast “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”

US Gov. Opens Official on Record Study Into Weather Modification and Geo-Engineering
http://www.eutimes.net/2013/08/us-gov-opens-official-on-the-record-study...
Weather warfare is banned under a 1980 treaty to which the U.S. is a signatory, but U.S. intelligence has an interest in such technologies, said John E. Pike, director of the GlobalSecurity.org, think tank in Alexandria, Va.

US Study Exploring Weather Modification to be Completed Fall of 2014
August 15, 2013 http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-climate-change-study-under/16368732#> ...The project is supported by the Academy, U.S. intelligence community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA...."Most of the proposed geoengineering techniques for solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal being discussed have global implications and are generally discussed in a global context...to provide a technical evaluation of proposed geoengineering techniques..include how using such technology may impact the environment, economy and national security...Attempts to change the weather have taken various forms for about 70 years...
Weather modification is the process of modifying weather... with the use of glaciogenic (silver iodide) and/or hygroscopic (calcium chloride) material, Project Meteorologist Jonathan Jennings of the West Texas Weather Modification Association said. Aircraft or ground base generators deliver the materials into the clouds he said "In Texas, our operations are conducted by seeding at the base of a convective thunderstorm with an aircraft....
Weather warfare is banned under a 1980 treaty to which the U.S. is a signatory, but the U.S. intelligence community definitely has an interest in such technologies, said John E. Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, security think tank in Alexandria, Va. "Because global warming may impact the security of other countries and create national security problems for the U.S. government...perfectly ethical for the U.S. government to use weather modification to save lives and money, Pile said.

USAID CLIMATE-SMART INTEGRATION
U.S. study expected to be finished fall of 2014.
WW3 ‘global integration’ and ‘climate change’
http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1865/GCC_Integration_... USAID engages with dozens of countries and communities around the world TO support programs in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, economic development, democracy and governance, and to provide humanitarian assistance. Climate change adds a new variable to all these efforts, giving integration a special meaning at USAID.. working with country partners and development professionals seeking innovative ways to include climate change considerations in existing development programs for democracy and governance, food security, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, health, education, gender and disaster preparedness. 

Japanese Government Pays 60 Trillion Yen to Stop More HAARP Attacks
5/24/11 http://www.eutimes.net/2011/05/japanese-government-pays-60-trillion-yen-to-stop-more-h-a-a-r-p-attacks/
US Defense Department  http://www.defense.gov/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=674 Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan paid 60 trillion yen HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) to the Federal Reserve Board crime syndicate after country was attacked with HAARP and nuclear terror, according to Japanese security police sources. The extortion money was paid following threats to use HAARP to cause Mt. Fuji to erupt.

RAND
Health Challenges After the Storm
September 5, 2017 https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/09/anticipating-harveys-toll-on-health-an...
After a hurricane like Harvey—or Irma, which ravaged parts of the Caribbean en route to Florida—how can authorities anticipate the toll on health and health care? Previous disasters provide clues. For example people with chronic diseases will have significant needs. Gepression, PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse, and domestic violence will rise. Read more » Anticipating Harvey's Toll on Health and Health Care Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2017 The Department of Health and Human Services declared Hurricane Harvey a public health emergency as it made landfall  for a second time in Louisiana. Houston rescue efforts continue amid rising floodwaters. Thousands have been rescued and many more may need to be evacuated from impacted areas. With each passing day, challenges to the health of affected communities and the health care systems that serve them are expected to grow... closures of hospitals pharmacies dialysis centers and other facilities reminiscent of those that followed Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012.... Among the key takeaways from Katrina and Sandy: expect significant health care needs from individuals with chronic diseases, including mental health, and anticipate increased demand for acute care resources in regional emergency departments and hospitals....Post-Katrina, medical relief pharmacy supplies were insufficient ... Primary care access significantly impacted after Hurricane Sandy... A rise in depression, PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse, and domestic violence can be anticipated.
As during earlier disasters, a rise in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and substance abuse, and domestic violence can be anticipated . Individuals with existing mental health and substance abuse problems are particularly at risk. Early intervention for at-risk individuals is critical...Patients should be actively screened for and referred to mental health and substance abuse treatment as indicated. Flood exposure was deemed to be a risk factor  for anxiety, depression and PTSD in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Furthermore, some opioid treatment programs faced challenges... With closed pharmacies, dialysis centers and inaccessible primary care providers , many Katrina and Sandy victims turned to emergency departments and hospitals for their health care needs.. The Department of Health and Human Services  established a 250-bed Federal Medical Station in Houston to respond to the medical needs of disaster victims. In addition to exacerbations of chronic diseases, health care providers can anticipate seeing food and waterborne diseases ...
The ongoing disaster response and rescue efforts by local, state and federal entities should be applauded.
A vigilant and proactive effort needs to be taken moving forward to anticipate and address both the immediate and intermediate needs of affected communities and health care systems...real-time assessment of medical needs informed by lessons learned from other recent disasters. Short- and longer-term recovery will require resilience building through a whole-of-community approach  involving government, private sector, non-profits, faith-based entities and community members.

Zika could spread to other Gulf Coast states, health official warns
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/22/zika-could-spread-to-other-gulf-coast-states-health-official-warns.html>
Aug 22, 2016 ... susceptible to Zika, with approximately 500 of those cases in Florida, Fauci said.

Sewage, debris, mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for Harvey victims...flood water still pouring into homes...“Everything, unfortunately, is contaminated and has been exposed”... About 300 public water systems were in the path of Harvey, according to US Environmental Protection Agency. Texas environmental protection officials said it is still unclear which systems might be contaminated.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/30/health-implications-texa...

Flooding might increase mosquitoes and Zika risk in Louisiana
www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/08/14/flooding...

Houston was already affected by inequality and healthcare disparities...the Manchester neighborhood..a “classic environmental justice”...Latino neighborhood on the Houston shipping channel where petrochemical plants surround houses where most people speak Spanish. “Barium is ubiquitous because of refineries, as well as arsenic and mercury... potentially coming into human contact .” Wildlife can become a sudden danger. And standing water left after the flood recedes will leave an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes...in Houston...
Zika captures the most headlines of mosquito-spread diseases, but it’s far from the only one. The same Houston-endemic mosquitoes transmit dengue and chikungunya, infections characterized by fever. Other mosquito species spread West Nile virus...Flood waters have also delivered fire ants  to front doors, and Sansom warned flooded houses can become a home for venomous snakes such as water moccasins Water-borne and person-to-person infections easily spread after a disaster. Overwhelmed sewer systems bring people into contact with disease-spreading bacteria. Stomach illnesses are common following floods, public health officials said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/11/zika-mosquito-hunters-houston-scientists> .