No one has definitively linked these to FEMA, btw.http://bioterrorism.slu.edu/bt/key_ref/DOD/bwirp_decision_tree.pdf
IMPROVED RESPONSE PROGRAM
BW Response Decision Tree
BW Response Template
Soldier and Biological Chemical Command
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
In March 1995, members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo attacked the Tokyo subway with Sarin nerve agent. The incident captured international headlines and sensitized governmental leaders around the world to the possibilities of the terrorist use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). In response to this threat, the 104th Congress passed Public Law 104-201, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997, which contained Title XIV – Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction.
In addition to providing preparedness training against weapons of mass destruction for our nation’s first responders, Section 1415 of Title XIV stated, “The Secretary of Defense shall develop and carry out a program for testing and improving the responses of Federal, State and local agencies to emergencies involving biological weapons and related materials and emergencies involving chemical weapons and related materials.”
In response to this legislation and in support of the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy (DOE), developed a Biological Weapons (BW) Improved Response Program (IRP). This partnership was formed to assist all agencies with their particular responsibilities when preparing for and responding to a biological incident. For example, Presidential Decision Directive 62 designates DHHS as the lead Federal agency for planning and preparation for a national response to medical emergencies arising from the terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.
A companion chemical warfare IRP is focusing on enhancing responder protection and detection and on mass casualty decontamination.
f**k FEMA...ever heard of DMORT? Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team http://www.dmort.org/
"State-of-the-art morgue facility"
The 37-acre acre facility stands ready, after service in Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, to provide support for future disaster in the region. LA-RFO Photo.http://www.mvm.usace.army.mil/RFO/features/dmort.htm
Corps, Navy oversee construction of critical mortuary facility
By Mike Smith, Louisiana Recovery Field Office
A few days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisiana coast, FEMA assigned the Corps of Engineers a special mission. They were directed to provide engineering and construction support to the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT).
DMORT is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program and a component of the National Disaster Medical System.
At the request of the State of Louisiana, DMORT teams began arriving in the disaster area three days before Katrina struck. Their assignment was to assist the State with the mass fatalities that officials anticipated Katrina would cause. The DMORT teams of doctors, morticians, anthropologists, dentists, and forensic scientists, established a full forensic laboratory and identification center at St. Gabriel, La.
The personnel settled in and undertook a massive six-month effort to help identify the remains of people killed by Katrina, or the remains disinterred during Katrina and Rita's flooding. The initial tasking also called for the Corps was to construct a support facility for the DMORT staff at Carville, La.
They received assistance from the U.S. Navy in completing this task by using an existing contract between the Navy and contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root.
Construction activities began in early September, and the day-to-day work proceeded under the direction of Navy Seabees (NAVFAC-Atlantic), with Corps personnel providing oversight, advice and guidance. Officials later enlarged the project to incorporate the forensic laboratory operating at St. Gabriel. This decision was based upon the conditions at the St. Gabriel site which became intolerable.
As the temperature climbed outside, the temperatures inside the warehouse housing DMORT operations approached 130 degrees at the ceiling and 110 degrees on the floor. This situation was worsened with the arrival of Hurricane Rita, which dumped 11 inches of water on the already stressed base camp.
Relocating both the identification laboratory and the support facility on one site in Carville resulted in the establishment of the Victim Identification Center, or VIC.
The Corps and Navy turned over the fully operational VIC to the State of Louisiana, DMORT and FEMA on Nov. 28, 2005.
The secure and fenced 37-acre compound contains all the infrastructure needed to support both the facility and the staff. The 18,720-square-foot Morgue Facility is large enough to support the primary mission of the VIC.
Microsoft PowerPoint - Sat - T4-2 - Handling of Contaminated Human Remains... http://www.emlrc.org/pdfs/disaster2005presentations/HandlingofContaminatedHumanRemains.pdf
Convert regional morgues to provide high volume central processing of fatalities
Establish long-term high capacity storage facilities for incident related remains
Determine final disposition of remains
- Conduct release to families
- Conduct burial (sealed containers for contagious diseases)
- Conduct cremation (recommended for contagious diseases)