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DHS, FEMA and Dept. of State: Failure of Hurricane Relief Efforts: H - Scenario Driven Planning Workshop Process

DHS, FEMA and Dept. of State: Failure of Hurricane Relief Efforts: H - Scenario Driven Planning Workshop Process

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Washington, DC – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of State, asking for records and communications regarding the federal government’s preparedness and response to hurricane Katrina .

“For government leaders who have claimed to be focused on planning for and responding to emergency situations, the stories coming out of the disaster zones are heart-wrenching and appalling,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “The American people should know what led our government to bungle both the preparation and the response to Katrina.”

CREW has requested information regarding what the agencies knew and when they knew it, including:

what portion of the $3.1 billion appropriated to DHS for emergency preparedness and response was spent to prepare for a potential hurricane on the Gulf Coast of the United States and for potential flooding in New Orleans;

what communications DHS and FEMA had with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the problems with and weakness of the levees surrounding New Orleans, the possibility of the levees being breached and the consequences of such breaches and whether the Corps had recommended any repairs or other construction to strengthen the levees;

what communications DHS and FEMA had with local officials regarding the need for transportation to evacuate citizens of New Orleans, both before and after the hurricane; and what communications DHS and FEMA received from the affected areas regarding the need for food and water.

With the plethora of offers to assist in relief efforts made by corporations and foreign governments, CREW has asked the Department of State for communications and records regarding the offers of foreign governments and the U.S. government’s response to those offers, and we have asked DHS and FEMA to provide similar information regarding the offers made by corporations.

CREW also seeks to discover what actions have been taken to prevent photographers from taking pictures of the corpses of hurricane victims.

“Given the nature of this tragedy, the significant public interest in understanding the government response, and the need to be better prepared to cope with such disasters in the future, we expect the agencies will comply with our requests as quickly as possible,” Sloan said.
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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit, progressive legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.
For more information, or to view the FOIA requests, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Naomi Seligman at 202.588.5565/press@citizensforethics.org.; Number of Pages: 17; FOIA Request: DHS, FEMA and Dept. of State: Failure of Hurricane Relief Efforts; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of State (DOS); Date Received: Sep 14, 2007;
Washington, DC – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of State, asking for records and communications regarding the federal government’s preparedness and response to hurricane Katrina .

“For government leaders who have claimed to be focused on planning for and responding to emergency situations, the stories coming out of the disaster zones are heart-wrenching and appalling,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “The American people should know what led our government to bungle both the preparation and the response to Katrina.”

CREW has requested information regarding what the agencies knew and when they knew it, including:

what portion of the $3.1 billion appropriated to DHS for emergency preparedness and response was spent to prepare for a potential hurricane on the Gulf Coast of the United States and for potential flooding in New Orleans;

what communications DHS and FEMA had with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the problems with and weakness of the levees surrounding New Orleans, the possibility of the levees being breached and the consequences of such breaches and whether the Corps had recommended any repairs or other construction to strengthen the levees;

what communications DHS and FEMA had with local officials regarding the need for transportation to evacuate citizens of New Orleans, both before and after the hurricane; and what communications DHS and FEMA received from the affected areas regarding the need for food and water.

With the plethora of offers to assist in relief efforts made by corporations and foreign governments, CREW has asked the Department of State for communications and records regarding the offers of foreign governments and the U.S. government’s response to those offers, and we have asked DHS and FEMA to provide similar information regarding the offers made by corporations.

CREW also seeks to discover what actions have been taken to prevent photographers from taking pictures of the corpses of hurricane victims.

“Given the nature of this tragedy, the significant public interest in understanding the government response, and the need to be better prepared to cope with such disasters in the future, we expect the agencies will comply with our requests as quickly as possible,” Sloan said.
***
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit, progressive legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.
For more information, or to view the FOIA requests, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Naomi Seligman at 202.588.5565/press@citizensforethics.org.; Number of Pages: 17; FOIA Request: DHS, FEMA and Dept. of State: Failure of Hurricane Relief Efforts; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of State (DOS); Date Received: Sep 14, 2007;

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December 21, 2004
IEM/TEC04-104
Scenario-Driven Planning
Workshop Process
DRAFT
Prepared By

IEM, Inc.
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Prepared For

FEMA
500 C Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20472

Prepared Under
FEMA BPA HSFEHQ-04-A-0288, Task Order 001
Disclaimer

This document is for reference only. Readers should not construe this document as
representing official FEMA policy or regulations. Conflicts with existing policy or
regulations should be addressed to FEMA Headquarters, 500 C Street S.W., Washington,
DC 20472.

Scenario-Driven Planning Workshop Process\u2014DRAFT
IEM, Inc. 2004
Page i
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The common exercise process uses a scenario to drive execution of the plan and is
designed to evaluate plans already in place. After the exercise, an after-action report
details needed improvements, with changes in emergency plans coming later. The
scenario-driven planning workshop produces functional plans ready to use immediately
post-workshop. This process is extremely useful for addressing jurisdictional conflicts
and the participation by a variety of Federal, State, local, and volunteer agencies
enhances the interoperability of the plans.

The concept of a scenario-driven planning workshop was introduced with much success
in July 2004 when over 350 participants spent eight days producing a plan for response to
and recovery from a catastrophic hurricane striking southeast Louisiana. This workshop,
along with a follow-on workshop held November\u2013December 2004, produced a series of
15 functional plans.

This document outlines the process used to develop and implement a scenario-driven planning workshop, including workshop management, workshop planning, conducting the workshop, and post-workshop activities.

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