Disaster Response: The Future Role of our Military
Military responses to natural disasters: last resort or inevitable trend?
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RAPID DISASTER RESPONSE IS CRUCIAL
When DISASTER strikes, response must be rapid, coordinated and appropriate to ensure that crisis is mitigated by effective delivery of relief and aid. Recent catastrophes in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti cast a spotlight on the role of military forces in the organization and process of disaster relief, calling for standardized military disaster relief.
“International experience has shown that major disasters almost immediately overwhelm local emergency services. Humanitarian relief is increasingly a core task for all defense forces,” said New Zealand’s defense minister Wayne Mapp, adding it should be the main part of
“military business, not simply a secondary task.”
The Disaster calls has been the strongest for those militaries in Asia-Pacific areas, which is a region prone to natural disaster catastrophes such as earthquakes and flooding. Civilian authorities are often overwhelmed by the force when natural disaster strikes.
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Military’s role in humanitarian aid
Disaster is a word we here a lot more these days. The surprise and devastating nature of natural disasters calls for a massive coordinated reaction on short notice.
“Humanitarian relief is increasingly a core task for defense forces.”
While the primary responsibility for disaster response lies with civilian agencies at local, state and federal levels, only the military has the manpower, equipment, training, and organization necessary to gather the relief effort required during catastrophic incident recovery
There are areas where armed forces unquestionably can offer unique capabilities, primarily in transport, logistics and the ability to deploy immediate help.
However, there is also disagreement among governments and humanitarian aid agencies about how much weight to give these things when balanced against issues such as costs, the risk of militarising the relief work and the effect foreign troops could have on civilian organizations’ safety and freedom to operate.
Most modern armies today have made disaster relief an important part of their programmes, offering rapid response and performing medical assistance, logistical support, air traffic response, aid distribution, protection and recovery in natural disasters on a global scale.
US soldiers and officers have not only been involved when disaster struck in their own nation, such as when Hurricane Katrina swept over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and most of the eastern area of North America in 2005, but they have also assisted with the organisation of humanitarian aid after the disasters in Japan, Haiti and Chile.
Standardized system for military disaster relief
To overcome coordination issues, simulation and training must be conducted on a regular basis.
“Coordination between civilian and military actors is essential during an emergency.”
Soldiers and officers, are teaming up with civilian authorities such as the police, fire services, and first aid providers, have to prepare for how to organize a successful response to any disaster.
However, calls stating that this is “NOT ENOUGH” have grown louder in recent years.
“When the earthquake struck, there were plenty of partner nations who stepped up to the plate, eager to provide assistance,” he explained. “The problem was we didn’t have a database of the capabilities specific countries could bring to the fight. And we had no way to match up Haiti’s most important requirements with the kinds of assistance that nations were able to provide.”
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN COLLABORATION
A proposal to improve the integration of defense capability and civilian authority was introduced. Co-sponsored by 14 countries, it calls for a standardized system for military collaboration during disaster-relief operations through a common platform for information sharing, and the set-up of working groups to build a framework for military support for civilian-led disaster relief operations
“We need to be able to harness those defense capabilities to serve the requirements established by civilian authorities in the country that’s been struck by the disaster in a way that’s much more effective than we had in Haiti.”
THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE!
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1TAC urges these three steps: (1) build a disaster kit; Including a 1TAC TC1200 Flashlight and HL1200 Headlamp a 1HYDRO Water Filtration Bottle (2) come up with an emergency plan; and (3) be informed about how local authorities will notify, whether through local media or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.
You should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App: redcross.org/apps.
How to Help
Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
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