Weekly Round Up
Should We Revisit Civil Defense?
America was at war
The war in Europe was on the minds of everyone in the world. The newsreels were full of images of war and attacks on the civilian populated areas. The fear that this could happen in the United States spread across the land. On May 20, 1941, President Roosevelt set up the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) to coordinate state and federal measures to protect civilians in a war-related emergency. The OCD organized the United States Citizens Defence Corps to recruit and train volunteers to perform essential tasks for the defense of the US homeland. When Japan attacked the United States on December 7, 1941, the American People were ready to support a nation at war.
After WWII ended, a new threat was on the horizon, the threat of an attack from a new superpower, the Soviet Union. In the 1950s, when the arms race started, every American was positive it was only a matter of time before a nuclear war or an invasion from the Red Army would happen. On December 1, 1950, The OCD was reformed as the Federal Civil Defense Administration.
The civil defense era was a period of anxious preparation for an attack from abroad by airplanes and missiles. Still, civil defense in the United States was more than backyard shelters and the shame of Duck and Cover the fence against nuclear war. So the defenders trained volunteers, organized state and local associations, educated citizens about fire and flood safety, and generally engaged the public.
What is missing from the Department of Homeland Security?
Yes, we have the Citizen Corps, and I think their programs are great; however, something is missing to a greater degree from today's Homeland Security Programs. I believe that we can take lessons learned from the Civil Defense era programs. Bring the Citizen back to the table. CERT is a great program. However, it is missing some of the home protection components that the Civil Defense programs had. Now I am not saying we need to get people to build fallout bunkers in their backyard. However, we need to put more funding and effort into bringing the programs to communities.
We need to make Citizen Corps programs more diverse, bringing them to underserved communities, funding programs in K-12 schools, and getting the community involved in the process.
What do you think is missing from our current programs? Let us know in the comments.
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