Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FEMA Camps and You with L. Douglas Hogan, Episode 38, Without Land Chapter 3

Episode 38: Season Two ep. 3

The Without Land adventure continues as we get a peak into how this new climate refugee adoption system works. These refugees are housed in futuristic FEMA camps that were set up to "protect" the stability of the country. Here to discuss the real world implications of FEMA is L. Douglas Hogan author of The Tyrant Series.

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FEMA Lessons from Doug

L. Douglas Hogan has over 17 years in state government and over nine years experience as a part time police officer.

FEMA was setup in the 1960s. It was set up to be a relief assistance agency for natural disasters of massive proportions. Although, they are also given authority to provide assistance to the public for man made disasters as well, including economic disasters. 

FEMA has a set of mystery procedures it employees when disaster strikes. It is clear that FEMA has set plans and procedures for handling disasters but unless you are a member of FEMA they are not commonly known. FEMA was integrated into homeland security in 2003. We all saw FEMA stumble during the Katrina hurricane in 2005. At least 1800 people died during that natural disaster. When the state requested assistance for specific items, FEMA requested charts and bar graphs to prove that the extra assistance was necessary while people died. FEMA often requires more information than other lower levels of government in order to go into action and by that time it may be too late. This is because FEMA would like lower levels of government to kick in first to handle disasters but it often makes their aid slow and difficult to receive when an agile response system is needed.

FEMA's authority has recently been enhanced to a scary level for anyone concerned with personal freedoms. FEMA's authority began to expand on July 15 of 1996. That is when Bill Clinton gave FEMA control over all branches of government except the executive branch in the event of an natural disaster. Then Barack Obama expanded its authority again in 2015 by signing an executive order that gave FEMA the authority to seize all the resources of the nation in order to respond to disaster scenarios. 

What we can do to make FEMA the agile life saving agency it was originally intended to be? In police work there is a thing known as mutual aid. If a city is having an incident that requires additional police support, officers will respond from neighboring cities. This could be applied on a grander scale. For example, if California were to experience tsunamis Nevada would volunteer to send aid and house refugees.

L. Douglas Hogan

L. Douglas Hogan is a U.S.M.C. veteran with over twenty years in public service. Among these are three years as an anti-tank infantryman, one year as a Marine Corps Marksmanship Instructor, ten years as a part-time police officer, and seventeen years working in state government doing security work and supervision. He is the best-selling author of “Oath Takers”, has authored four books in a series titled Tyrant, and is working on the sixth a final book of the series. He has been married over twenty years, has two children, and is faithful to his church, where he resides in southern Illinois..

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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