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NCJ Number: 64080 Find in a Library
Title: APOCALYPSE WHEN? - CALIFORNIA POLICE MAY NOT BE READY WHEN THE GREAT QUAKE COMES
Journal: POLICE MAGAZINE  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1980)  Pages:55-58
Author(s): J BLACKMORE
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OF CALIFORNIA POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND STUDIES THE POLICE PROBLEMS POSED BY MAJOR EARTHQUAKES.
Abstract: WHILE PREPARATIONS MAY APPEAR TO BE SOPHISTICATED, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMERGENCY PLANNING OPERATION DEPENDS UPON PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF CITY AND COUNTY PLANS AND THESE ARE INADEQUATE. THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS SEEN AS THE KEY TO DISASTER OPERATIONS. THE ARTICLE STUDIES THE KINDS OF DAMAGE THAT TAKES PLACE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE (KNOCKING OUT OF ROADS, BRIDGES, TUNNELS, AND RAILROADS) AND THE PROBLEMS TO BE MET BY THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING FIREFIGHTING, RESCUE OPERATIONS, WATER MAIN RUPTURES, AND POWER OUTAGES. STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS COMPLAIN THAT THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH MONEY AVAILABLE, AND THERE IS NOT MUCH ENTHUSIASM FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING AMONG ELECTED OFFICIALS. ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEMS IS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE EVENT OF DISASTER. THE POOR QUALITY AND LIMITED AMOUNT OF EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT AN EMERGENCY OPERATING CENTER ARE ALSO NOTED. THE STATE PLAN FOR DELIVERY OF OUTSIDE AID IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE WILL DEPEND UPON COOPERATION BETWEEN STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCIES. THE STATE PLAN INCLUDES SETTING UP DISASTER SUPPORT AREAS (DSA'S) ON THE PERIMETER OF THE AFFECTED AREAS AND ASSEMBLING MANPOWER AND MATERIALS THERE. FIELD HOSPITALS ARE TO BE SET UP. LOCALITIES PLAN TO PUT TOGETHER MULTIPURPOSE STAGING AREAS WHICH WILL RECEIVE AID FROM THE DSA'S. THE PLAN WAS PUT TO A SIMULATED TEST IN 1976 AND REVISIONS MADE. PHOTOGRAPHS ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. (RFC)
Index Term(s): California; Disaster procedures; Emergency communications; Emergency operations centers; Fire departments; Fire emergency planning; Governmental planning; Police equipment; Police internal affairs; State plans
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