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FEMA plans to establish emergency 'base camps' for 300 to 2,000 people

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    FEMA is planning to award a contract to a logistics and management company that could establish and operate one or two "base camps" that could provide food, shelter and basic needs to approximately 300-2,000 people in each camp, in the event that the president declares a disaster or emergency anywhere in the continental U.S.

    The chosen vendor must be capable of opening one or two base camps within 72 hours of receiving its task order, in case of an emergency, such as a hurricane, flood, earthquake, cyclone, tornado, blizzard, avalanche, tsunami or act of terrorism, according to a Request For Information (RFI) issued by FEMA on June 3.

    "The contractor shall house all authorized camp occupants with tents or modular units, equip tents and other facilities with air conditioning and heating (HVAC) and leveled plywood floors (or equivalent) as well as provide bedding, meal services, kitchen, dining hall, limited recreation facilities, operations center, medical unit, refrigerated trucks, shower units, hand wash units, potable (drinking) water, water purification and manifold distribution systems, toilets, on-site manifold distribution of black and grey water and associated on-site sanitation systems, complete laundry service, industrial generators, and light towers," said FEMA's special notice.

    The camps would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the vendor would be expected to provide the "multi-disciplined personnel" to operate all the required services.

    "Whenever practical, displaced citizens will be given the first opportunities for employment within the camp, assuming skills and capabilities are pertinent for the open positions," says the RFI.

    The federal government would furnish the land for the site of the base camp, as well as security for the camp.

    The contractor will provide a check-in facility at the entrance to the base camp which should function in accordance with the formats spelled out in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), says the FEMA document. The contractor will also provide photo identification cards for all camp occupants, which will be used to access lodging, base camp facilities, meals and laundry services.

    The vendor will also provide "fencing and barricades around the perimeter of the base camp," it adds.

    Prospective vendors are requested to provide their capabilities information to FEMA by June 17.

    June 18, 2009: Hastings Responds to FEMA’s Plans to Establish Emergency ‘Base Camps’

    The Honorable Craig Fugate


    Office of the Director

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    500 C Street S.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20472

    Dear Administrator Fugate:

    I write regarding FEMA's efforts to establish "base camps" to provide temporary housing for citizens displaced in a natural disaster. You will be pleased to learn that I have already introduced legislation to this effect, and would be glad to assist you in improving disaster preparedness, training, and response.

    As you know, disaster preparedness is of special concern to Floridians. In the last ten years Florida has been affected by twenty major disasters caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. In the aftermath of those events, the communities affected by these disasters have experienced great hardship due to the lack of adequate temporary housing and ineffective coordination of federal resources and efforts. To cite one example, citizens were still living in FEMA trailers more than 18 months after Hurricane Wilma struck in 2005.

    While I applaud FEMA's efforts to establish "base camps," I am worried that in its present form the project, which is expected to serve 300-2,000 people, will not be sufficient for a major disaster. For example, Hurricane Katrina, which damaged or destroyed over one million homes in the Gulf States, also displaced many hundreds of thousands of people, tens of thousands of whom were forced to rely on FEMA, the Red Cross, and other humanitarian organizations for temporary shelter. Simply put, FEMA's current "base camps" project is not enough.

    In January 2009, I introduced H.R. 645, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act. This legislation establishes six National Emergency Centers throughout the United States to be used as central locations for temporary housing and humanitarian relief in the event of a major natural disaster. In addition, these centers can be used year-round for coordinated training and preparedness efforts for first responders from public and private agencies.

    These National Emergency Centers would be located on military bases, preferably those which were closed during the most recent round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC). Such sites are effective for disaster relief and management purposes because they already contain the necessary infrastructure to house, feed, transport, care for, and educate thousands of persons at a time, including space for stockpiling large amounts of humanitarian relief supplies.

    Furthermore, making use of these bases would be cheaper, quicker, and more effective than contracting private companies to create new facilities. The availability of barracks, kitchens, warehouses, hospitals, and transportation facilities at these bases - all of which can be quickly upgraded or retrofitted - would mitigate the need to build them from scratch.

    I look forward to working with you to develop the most efficient and effective means of disaster preparedness, training, response, and recovery plans. Thank you for your attention to this matter. With warm regards, I remain,



    Alcee L. Hastings

    Member of Congress

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    The big issue with Katrina was transportation and democrat politicians.

    Start with local politicians who spent the fedgov bucks sent to maintain the levees on other touchy-feely crap.

    They didn't organize their resources and didn't move fast enough. That's why you saw a picture of dozens of buses sitting half-under water.

    I work with two people who lost everything to Katrina. Neither lived in NOLA, both saw their danger and evacuated themselves and went home to rubble. They worked (fairly low-level positions) with the DoD and the facility they worked at was so damaged the fedgov didn't repair/reopen the place so they re-located to our area. The only "help" they got was that their jobs moved here. They arrived with nothing.
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