posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 06:27 PM
reply to post by coolottie
The COOP and the Federal plans are different cogs of the same wheel. Actually FEMA made COOP plans basically a requirement for state and local
governments to meet FEMA guidelines and qualify them for help should it become necessary. Depending on the size and scope of any emergency, it should
be handled as locally as possible, but if help is needed they ask their neighbors, then the state, then if the state is still overwhelmed they ask the
Feds, through FEMA, then if more help is required FEMA can utilize agreements with the Guard, and eventually the Active military.
I have no idea, under the structure of the plans, why they would put active military on alert when there is no current threat. Seems like they might
know something big has a decent probability of happening.
In general, the system is a good system, and it is scalable to fit everything from a local business fire to a major multi-state incident. The command
structure and resource management is a wonderful plan......ideally.
The problem for me, is the 100s of millions of $$$$ that goes into keeping the system intact, even when there is no emergency for a few years. For
instance, in Florida, the H1N1 flu was a perfectly timed godsend to keep the Emergency Operations Budgets from getting cuts after a few years with no
Florida COOP Plan
edit on 27-1-2011 by
getreadyalready because: (no reason given)