Disaster Relief: Domestic Action in the Spotlight.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Disaster relief is examined as one means for the Army, including Active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve, to particularly demonstrate and execute its domestic action capabilities and thereby gain community and Congressional support. The examination is based upon the devastation wrought in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York by Tropical Storm Agness in June 1972, and the disaster relief efforts of thousands of Army personnel from all three components following the storm to restore order out of chaos. Source documents used include after action reports, letters, telegrams, memoranda, notes, legal authorities, policy documents, and periodical articles. The laws, regulations, and plans governing disaster relief are discussed. The devastation caused by the storm is described, followed by a detailed summary of the roles played by the various units. Problems faced by the Secretary of the Army and the Commanding General, First US Army are related along with the decisions, which are then assessed. Lessons learned by the National Guard units are also presented. Modified author abstract
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