This presentation provides an outline on the role of Defense in a national emergency like Hurricane Katrina. We learned the importance of having a Common Operating Picture (COP), high-tech and low-tech integration communications is critical, and efficient use of abundant resources. A Common Operating Picture (COP) provides an overall understanding of what is happening. High-tech solutions are great however they do not help much if they cannot talk to those in need or those trying to help. Additionally, backward compatibility is important. Efficient use of abundant resources is important. Help came from everywhere, in all shapes, sizes, configurations and modes of transportation, but it needed to be sorted through efficiently. COP and communications allow for efficient use.
Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium: http://www.hsdec.org/library.aspx
November 2006 Workshop: Preparing for and Responding to Disasters in North America. San Antonio, Texas. November 6-7, 2006