Accession Number : ADA331147

Title :   Interagency Cooperation: FEMA and DOD in Domestic Support Operations.

Descriptive Note : Monograph

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Fischer, Carl E.

PDF Url : ADA331147

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : Hurricane Andrew was the worst natural disaster in American history. Its sustained winds in excess of 145 miles per hour razed entire neighborhoods. Debris was scattered dangerously throughout the area, restricting access and hindering assistance efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the organization tasked with coordinating relief efforts in the wake of such disasters, tried for the first time to implement the Federal Response Plan (FRP), a document that had only been apprnved four months before Andrew made landfall. As the lead agency, FEMA coordinated the efforts of 26 governmental agencies and the American Red Cross. The Department of Defense (DOD) also has a role in disaster relief operations. Today, publications such as the Army's Field Manual 100-19, Domestic Support Operations, provides doctrinal principles for domestic support. But in 1992, DOD had little, if any, doctrine written on disaster relief. When FEMA's initial relief efforts fell well short of residents' and the administration's expectations, DOD assumed a much greater role. Some authors proposed placing DOD in charge of the national disaster assistance proC,tram. DOD's executive agent is the Secretary of the Army. This paper studies the interagency cooperation between DOD and FENIA, focusing specifically on the evolution of doctrine and procedures for responding to natural disasters. While both FEMA and DOD have improved in their ability to respond to disasters, some obstacles remain. Funding pre-disaster activities and the inability to use Reserve forces are the two most significant remaining shortcomings. Additionally, FEMA's failure to quickly integrate the lessons learned from previous disasters impacted negatively on response and relief operations after Hurricane Andrew.

Descriptors :   *DISASTERS, *EMERGENCIES, MILITARY RESERVES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, LESSONS LEARNED, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, RESPONSE, HISTORY, COOPERATION, DOCTRINE, HURRICANES.

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE