Chief Justice Rehnquist Has Died

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September 3, 2005 11:12  p.m.

U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has died, a Supreme Court spokeswoman announced late Saturday evening.

The 80-year-old chief justice had been undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer since last fall.

Rumors swirled about his potential retirement at the close of the latest term in June, but Mr. Rehnquist did not retire. In mid-July, facing continued rumors, he said he would continue leading the Supreme Court as long as his health allows.

Mr. Rehnquist, the court's longest-serving member, was appointed an associate justice by President Nixon in 1971 and elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.

The chief justice's health had been closely followed by business interests as well as the White House, whose plans to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat depended in part on whether there would be a second vacancy.

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bicycle news

Product recalls: Bicycle helmets, floor mat map games, gas grills,
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
toddler, youth and child bicycle helmets. ... The recall includes Target's "Back Trails Jr." brand toddler, youth and child bicycle helmets sold in various colors. ...

Child struck, killed on bicycle in Estacada
kgw.com (subscription) - Portland,OR,USA
By TERESA BELL, kgw.com Staff. A six-year-old child was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Estacada Thursday morning, police said. ...

8700 Bicycle Racers
Randolph Herald - Randolph,VT,USA
Travellers on Route 12 through the Brookfield Gulf Saturday are going to want to be very, very careful. The full version of this ...

Bicycle commuters worthy of some accommodation
Athens Banner-Herald (subscription) - Athens,GA,USA
Prince Avenue is scheduled to be repaved in a few weeks with the same four lanes for automobiles and no accommodation for bicycle lanes or safe pedestrian ...

Addicts tricked by undercover cop on bicycle
Malay Mail - Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
When a shirtless man was seen riding a bicycle early yesterday morning at the squatter area in Puchong Permai, dadah addicts followed him thinking he was a ...

emergency medical service news

South Eugene grad helps victims
The Register-Guard - Eugene,Oregon,USA
... Yockelson, a member of the university's student-run emergency medical service, is at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., 80 miles northwest of New ...

USS Boxer Departs Marshall Islands
Yokwe - Lake Elsinore,CA,USA
... provided Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), basic first aid and first responder training to policemen, firefighters, emergency medical service workers, US ...

Mid Georgia Ambulance has been awarded the emergency services ...
Macon Telegraph - Macon,GA,USA
... the most important areas in our Middle Georgia community, and Mid Georgia Ambulance is committed to providing the finest emergency medical service available to ...

US reeling after Hurricane Katrina
ABC Online - Australia
... DR JOEL ELDRIDGE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE: The worst thing we're seeing is dehydration, because they've been on rooftops in the sun for two days. ...

EMS News

EMS Crew Back Home
WNCT - Greenville,NC,USA
... We spent the majority of our time preparing to stay alive." Chad Singleton was one of 6 paramedics cooped up in a hotel room right in the heart of New Orleans. ...

EMS to serve burgers to aid Katrina's victims
Brownwood Bulletin - TX, United States
Guardian EMS will have a hamburger fund-raiser Thursday, Sept. 8, to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds will be given to ...

EMS providers count on a second-half recovery
EMSNow - West Yorkshire,UK
Following a relatively light first half, Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers are counting heavily on strong third and fourth quarters in order to ...

Polk Law Enforcement, EMS Unit Head to Disaster Areas
Lakeland Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
... They were joined by five Lakeland police officers and a Polk County EMS Advanced Life Support Unit. ... Another Polk County EMS unit left Tuesday. ...

cyclist news

Lance? No, but it's a top US cyclist ready for SF race
Oakland Tribune - Oakland,CA,USA
Now it's up to the Chris Wherry and his cycling brethren to make certain the momentum Lance Armstrong created isn't lost on the next steep ascent. ...

Bus hits student cyclist
Daily Illini - Champaign,IL,USA
By Adam Terese. A cyclist was hit by a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus at 1:03 pm on Aug. 31, while riding on a sidewalk along Lincoln Avenue. ...

Historic bridge earns national designation
Oxford Eccentric - Oxford,MI,USA
... By Steve Kowalski. Dennis Gravel is an avid cyclist who looks at the Polly Ann Trail and sees a Paint Creek Trail in the making. ...

Van strikes Bloomington cyclist
Indiana Daily Student - USA
By IDS reports | From IDS reports | Thursday, September 01, 2005. An accident at the intersection of 10th Street and Smith Road left ...

bicyclist news

Bicyclist is critical after he's hit by car
Salt Lake City Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
A 65-year-old man was in critical condition Wednesday after the bicycle he was riding was struck, police said. About 10 pm Tuesday ...

emergency medical services news

Ambulance service indecision prevails at MCDH meeting
Fort Bragg Advocate-News - Fort Bragg,CA,USA
... That was a letter from Mike DuVall. DuVall is the Coastal Valley Regional EMS Agency's regional emergency medical services administrator. ...

Small Fire Extinguished At Senate Building
NBC 4.com - Washington,DC,USA
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Alan Etter said some welders working on the seventh floor of the nine-story building touched off the fire when ...

Hawai'i aid team on its way to Texas
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
... hours of preparation, he said, his fellow team members dropped jobs at Maui Memorial, Queen's, Straub, Kaiser and Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and were ...

UC Davis Experts: Hurricane Katrina
UC Davis (press release) - Davis,CA,USA
... acts. He is also medical director for Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services and all Sacramento city and county fire agencies. ...

Magen David Adom News

Murdered For Being Jewish In Jerusalem
Jewish Press - Brooklyn,NY,USA
... At about 8:25 this evening, we got a call from the Magen David Adom (MDA) dispatcher about a stabbing on Rechov David -- the shuk leading from Shaar Yaffo ...

paramedic news

Human Patient Simulation Is Effective for Teaching Paramedic ...
AEM (subscription) - USA
... The primary purpose of this study was to determine whether the endotracheal intubation (ETI) success rate is different among paramedic students trained on a ...

Paramedic to walk 500 miles to raise money for life-saving search ...
Hunts Post - Huntingdon,England,UK
A PARAMEDIC is preparing to walk 500 miles to raise money for a live-saving search and rescue charity. Andy Bambridge, 39, works ...

Hawai'i aid team on its way to Texas
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
"It's our anniversary," said Faith Tomoyasu said as she dropped her husband, paramedic Jason Tomoyasu, at the Honolulu airport last night. "But it's OK. ...

Air Evac sends more choppers
Baxter Bulletin - Baxter,AR,USA
... Mo. It has a base in Mountain Home as well. Each aircraft is staffed with a pilot, registered nurse and paramedic, she said. They ...

ambulance news

Government seizes St John Ambulance
NEWS.com.au - Australia
By Nigel Adlam. THE Territory Government looks set to take over the running of the troubled St John Ambulance service. Acting Health ...

Ambulance service indecision prevails at MCDH meeting
Fort Bragg Advocate-News - Fort Bragg,CA,USA
... employees. Some were there to support the board in deciding to release responsibility for the ambulance service to the county. When ...

Ambulance service warning after tragedy
East Anglian Daily Times - Suffolk,England,UK
A DELAY of nearly 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach the victim of a fatal asthma attack was "not surprising" as the 999 system is severely overstretched, a ...

Panel to help solve fire, ambulance, police space needs
Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH,USA
... Selectmen said Tuesday the committee would not include any current members of the fire department, police department or ambulance service. ...

Rival ambulance services could cause confusion in Rotorua
Stuff.co.nz - Wellington,New Zealand
Battle lines are being drawn between two rival ambulance services with St John warning lives could be lost. The turf war has erupted ...

EMT News

Opening His Home for Hurricane Victims
WCJB - Gainesville,FL,USA
... One of those people is Sean Kannaly in Putnam County. He spent his entire life helping people, working in law enforcement and as an EMT. ...

Amenia analyzing EMT staff deficit
Poughkeepsie Journal - Poughkeepsie,NY,USA
By Michael Woyton. AMENIA -- With fewer volunteers, Amenia town officials are exploring ways to shore up ambulance squads. Wassaic fire Chief Robert Boyles Jr. ...


An Idea of Just How Bad it is in NOLA

Marooned doctors plead 'Please help us'
Unruly crowds disrupt, prevent hospital evacuations

(AP) -- Doctors at two desperately crippled hospitals in New Orleans called
The Associated Press Thursday morning pleading for rescue, saying they were
nearly out of food and power and had been forced to move patients to higher
floors to escape looters.

"We have been trying to call the mayor's office, we have been trying to call
the governor's office ... we have tried to use any inside pressure we can.
We are turning to you. Please help us," said Dr. Norman McSwain, chief of
trauma surgery at Charity Hospital, the largest of two public hospitals.

Charity is across the street from Tulane University Medical Center, a
private facility that has almost completed evacuating more than 1,000
patients and family members, he said.

No such public resources are available for Charity, which has about 250
patients, or University Hospital several blocks away, which has about 110

"We need coordinated help from the government," McSwain said.

He described horrific conditions.

"There is no food in Charity Hospital. They're eating fruit bowl punch and
that's all they've got to eat. There's minimal water," McSwain said.

"Most of their power is out. Much of the hospital is dark. The ICU
(intensive care unit) is on the 12th floor, so the physicians and nurses are
having to walk up floors to see the patients."

Dr. Lee Hamm, chairman of medicine at Tulane University, said he took a
canoe from there to the two public hospitals, where he also works, to check

"The physicians and nurses are doing an incredible job, but there are
patients laying on stretchers on the floor, the halls were dark, the
stairwells are dark. Of course, there's no elevators. There's no
communication with the outside world," he said.

"We're afraid that somehow these two hospitals have been left off ... that
somehow somebody has either forgotten it or ignored it or something, because
there is no evidence anything is being done."

Hamm said there was relief Wednesday as word traveled throughout University
Hospital that the National Guard was coming to evacuate them, but the rescue
never materialized.

"You can imagine how demoralizing that was," he said.

Throughout the entire city, the death, destruction and depravity deepened
even as the hurricane waters leveled off.

"Hospitals are trying to evacuate," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri
Ben-Iesan, spokesman at the city emergency operations center. "At every one
of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are
shooting at them. There are people just taking pot shots at police and at
helicopters, telling them, 'You better come get my family."'

Richard Zuschlag, president of Acadian Ambulance Service Inc., described the
chaos at a suburban hospital.

"We tried to airlift supplies into Kenner Memorial Hospital late last
evening and were confronted by an unruly crowd with guns, and the pilots
refused to land," he said.

"My medics were crying, screaming for help. When we tried to land at Kenner,
my pilots got scared because 100 people were on the helipad and some of them
had guns. He was frightened and would not land."

Zuschlag said 65 patients brought to the roof of another city hospital,
Touro Infirmary, for evacuation Wednesday night spent the night there. The
hospital's generator and backup generator had failed, and doctors decided it
was safer to keep everyone on the roof than carry fragile patients back

"The hospital was so hot that with no rain or anything, they were better off
in the fresh air on the roof," he said.

When patients have been evacuated, where to take them becomes the next big

"They're having to make strategic decisions about where to send people
literally in midair," said John Matessino, president of the Louisiana
Hospital Association. "It's a very difficult thing to prioritize when
they're all a priority."

Knox Andress, an emergency nurse who is regional coordinator for a federal
emergency preparedness grant covering the state, said it's impossible to
underestimate the critical role hospitals are playing for anyone left in the

"They're running out of their medications, they're running out of money.
They're having social issues and where do they go? They go to the hospital.
The hospital is the backbone of the community because the lights are always
on," he said.

When hospitals can't take care of people and the rescuers need rescued,
there's no social fabric left, Andress said.

Hospitals weren't the only facilities with troubles.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, who has been working with search and
rescue, confirmed that 30 people died at a nursing home in St. Bernard
Parish and 30 others were being evacuated. He did not give any further

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USFA Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members

USFA Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members

Our Nation is faced with the most catastrophic natural disaster in modern
times, and we are calling upon the Nation's fire service to aid the affected
citizens and communities. This is the United States Fire Administration's
initial request to mobilize members of the fire service within Federal

The current need is for 1,000 two-person teams. A department may offer more
than one two-person team. These people will be deployed as a team, and we
prefer that they know one another prior to deployment.

This initial request is for full-time career firefighters that are employed
by municipal government and sponsored by that municipality because of the
way that salaries and expenses will be reimbursed. We will include the
volunteer fire service in the next phase. They must be:

a.. Physically capable of performing manual tasks under severe conditions;
b.. Experienced in working with minimum supervision;
c.. Capable of living in austere, severe living conditions with minimal or
no creature comforts for a period of at least 30 days;
d.. Free of medical condition(s) that would prevent them from working in
these conditions for this period of time; and,
e.. Able to work within the ICS, provide basic first aid, and follow
The work is non-operational community relations focused activities that
consist of direct outreach to persons in the affected areas. They will
assist victims in understanding how they will go about the process of
getting Federal assistance, distributing information, providing minimal
first-aid, and taking reports. The work will be outside, exposed to the
elements and will require significant walking.

FEMA will notify the Chief of Department, and selected applicants will be
notified by their Chief of Department that they have been selected. NO ONE
applicants will report to a central location in the Atlanta, Georgia area
for training and further deployment. Travel to the Atlanta, Georgia area
will be per government authorization in a manner specified upon acceptance.
Acceptance information will also cover lodging and other related expense
reimbursement information.


Applications are available at:

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Website for Coordination of Katrina Relief Efforts

The Internet's Wiki community has set up a coordination website for aiding relief efforts and for requests for help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Or more simply katrinahelp.info
Owing to the user edited nature of Wikimedia, the website can change from minute to minute, use your refresh key! Also some people may post erroneous or malicious information, but that's usually caught and corrected quickly, as always "caveat emptor".

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Katrina Live Feed

Absolutely fascinating to listen to.

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From: jimmnn <>
Date: Aug 31, 2005 9:59 PM
Subject: [EMS-L] Katrina Live Feed
To: coems@yahoogroups.com
Cc: Paramedicine@yahoogroups.com, ems-l@schadone.com, ems-l@naemsp.org, NAEMT-L@naemt.org, texasems-l@yahoogroups.com


Use Winamp if you want to see the identification of the agencies transmitting.



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World Reacts to Katrina's Devastation

Well, at least the Swiss and (some of) the Austrians are willing to open their checkbooks to help those devastated. I haven't yet heard of anyplace sending rescue teams or supplies yet.


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

VIENNA, Austria  — From papal prayers to telegrams from China, the world reacted with an outpouring of compassion Wednesday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina ( search) in messages tinged by shock that a disaster of this scale could occur in the United States.

Islamic extremists rejoiced in America's misfortune, giving the storm a military rank and declaring in Internet chatter that "Private" Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war. With "God's help," they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year.

Venezuela's (search) government, which has had tense relations with Washington, offered humanitarian aid and fuel if requested.

The storm was seen as an equalizer — proof that any country, weak or strong, can be victimized by a natural disaster. Images of flood-ravaged New Orleans (search ) earned particular sympathy in central Europe, where dozens died in raging floodwaters only days ago.

"Nature proved that no matter how rich and economically developed you are, you can't fight it," says Danut Afasei, a local official in Romania's Harghita county, where flooding killed 13 people last week.

Throughout Europe, concerned citizens lamented the loss of life and the damage caused to New Orleans, often described as one of North America's most "European" cities.

French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder sent messages of sympathy to President Bush. Chirac, who has famously quarreled with Bush over the Iraq war, addressed this letter, "Dear George."

Pope Benedict XVI said he was praying for victims of the "tragic" hurricane while China's President Hu Jintao expressed his "belief that that the American people will definitely overcome the natural disaster and rebuild their beautiful homeland."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II also sent a message to Bush saying she was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the devastation caused by the hurricane and expressing her condolences, "especially to the families of those who have lost their lives, to the injured and to all who have been affected by this terrible disaster."

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland — a capital at the foot of the Alps hit by flooding last week — said calls were rushing in from Swiss individuals and institutions looking for a way to donate to relief efforts.

"We are getting calls from the Swiss public looking to express their condolences, (and) people are also asking for an account number where they can make donations," said spokesman Daniel Wendell.

The Internet-edition Vienna daily Der Standard had recorded 820 postings commenting on a front-page story on the hurricane. In one of the postings, signature "Emerald" asked where money could be donated to the victims, but the question sparked a debate about whether a rich country like the United States needed such aid.

In response, one posting, from signature "far out," argued that hurricane victims who are poor still needed support.

Amid the sympathy, however, there was criticism.

As U.S. military engineers struggled to shore up breached levees, experts in the Netherlands expressed surprise that New Orleans' flood systems failed to restrain the raging waters.

With half of the country's population of 16 million living below sea level, the Netherlands prepared for a "perfect storm" soon after floods in 1953 killed 2,000 people. The nation installed massive hydraulic sea walls.

"I don't want to sound overly critical, but it's hard to imagine that (the damage caused by Katrina) could happen in a Western country," said Ted Sluijter, spokesman for the park where the sea walls are exhibited. "It seemed like plans for protection and evacuation weren't really in place, and once it happened, the coordination was on loose hinges."

The sympathy was muted in some corners by a sense that the United States reaped what it sowed, since the country is seen as the main contributor to global warming.

Joern Ehlers, a spokesman for World Wildlife Fund Germany, said global warming had increased the intensity of hurricanes.

"The Americans have a big impact on the greenhouse effect," Ehlers said.

But Harlan L. Watson, the U.S. envoy for negotiations on climate change, denied any link between global warming and the strength of storms.

"Our scientists are telling us right now that there's not a linkage," he said in Geneva. "I'll rely on their information."

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Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort

Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort
  August 31, 2005  
Dear RJC Members:

The Republican Jewish Coalition offers its sympathies to those families affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. We encourage members and friends to contribute to the disaster relief effort.


Contributions through the United Jewish Communities should be made online at  www.ujc.org; or, by mail at United Jewish Communities, P.O. Box 30, Old Chelsea Station, NY 10113, attention: Hurricane Katrina. Mark the memo section of checks with "Katrina."  

Contributions through B'nai B'rith International should be made online at www.bnaibrith.org; or, by mail at the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund: B'nai B'rith International, 2020 K Street, NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20006.

Contributions through The Red Cross should be made online at: www.redcross.org; or, by phone at 1.800.HELP.NOW.


More information about the response of President George W. Bush and the federal government to Hurricane Katrina's enormous enviornmental and humanitarian impact can be found  here.  

Matt Brooks
Republican Jewish Coalition


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Fwd: [EMS-L] Honolulu Paramedics Stranded In New Orleans

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: jimmnn;
Date: Aug 31, 2005 1:15 PM
Subject: [EMS-L] Honolulu Paramedics Stranded In New Orleans
To: ems-l@schadone.com, ems-l@naemsp.org, coems@yahoogroups.com
Cc: Paramedicine@yahoogroups.com, texasems-l@yahoogroups.com, NAEMT-L@naemt.org

EMS Workers Rationing Food, Water

POSTED: 4:37 pm HST August 30, 2005

HONOLULU -- Four city paramedics from Honolulu are stranded in a hotel surrounded by floodwaters in New Orleans. They were there for a conference and now they're scrounging for food and water and have volunteered their medical services.

Their Emergency Medical Services conference wrapped up on Saturday. The four women planned to return to Honolulu on Monday morning, but they were unable to get earlier flights out of New Orleans and their flights were canceled.

The four paramedics are sharing two rooms on the 12th floor of a hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter.

"There's no air, there's no power, no running water. So everybody's just trying to ration whatever they have right now," paramedic Melinda Shiraki said.

Shiraki has been a paramedic with the city of Honolulu for 10 years. She and her three co-workers retreated back to their hotel after they saw rampant looting on New Orleans' streets.

"And just watched from our window as they looted stores and they crashed windows and just took whatever they could. People are really desperate and there're a lot of homeless people wandering the streets. It's just crazy. The crime is ridiculous, and it's like a horror movie," Shiraki said.

The paramedics have volunteered their medical services.

"The front desk has let us know that they're receiving some medical supplies and they wanted to utilize us in the hotel itself for any emergencies," Shiraki said.

"If they are working, we will pay them. We'll put them on a special assignment so they're covered," Honolulu EMS Chief Patricia Dukes said.

Dukes said the mayor has authorized paying the four paramedics if they get pressed into service.

"They're safe. They're healthy. Their health is fine. They're not in any danger, but being without water, without electricity, without any fresh water, particularly," Dukes said.

The paramedics said merchants are price gouging. They had to pay $40 for a case of just 12 12-ounce bottles of water.

"We paid $24 for a 12-pack of Coke to get soda. And you know, the prices keep going up because they know they can charge us the money for it right now," Doreen Kitagawa said.

The paramedics have begun rationing their mini-bar. They said they have limited the amount of snacks and peanuts they are eating.

"The only thing we had to eat today was rice with some butter on it. And we paid $5 for a drinking cup of rice and they gave you a little slab of butter to mix on it," Shiraki said.

Prices for products keep rising. They said they paid $40 for two plates of rice and vegetables for dinner Tuesday night.

As of 8 p.m. local time, they had to stay inside the hotel because of martial law. Hotel managers told the paramedics that police and military are authorized to shoot to kill anyone they see on the streets of New Orleans.

They said the water is ankle-deep in the street in front of their hotel, but it's waist deep just a few blocks away.

There was a small fire in their hotel Tuesday afternoon and they had to evacuate temporarily, but no one was hurt.

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From: Jerry Johnston ;
Date: Aug 31, 2005 10:31 AM
To: naemt-l@naemt.org


For those systems wishing to send staff/units; contact information is


From: Urquieta, Allison []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:19 AM


To: Members of the AAA
From: Bob Garner, AAA President
Re: Response to Hurricane - Units Needed
Date: August 31, 2005, 8:00 a.m. eastern time

Throughout the night, AAA leadership has been in communication with
disaster response officials. It is imperative that any ambulance
service provider who can send ALS and BLS units to the incident contact
the AAA. Please send an e-mail to mbianchi@the-aaa.org and include the
following information:

* Primary Contact Name
* Company Name
* Company Address
* All Phone Numbers
* Fax Number
* E-mail Address
* Number and type of units available (include crew information)

FEMA will issue separate purchase orders based upon the information it
receives from the AAA. If you have any questions, please call
800-523-4447, and we will get back with you as soon as possible.
Throughout the day, we will send e-mail communciations to our members
with the most current information available.


Even if you have already contacted the AAA, please send the e-mail with
the informaiton requested.

Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to those citizens affected by
this devastating Hurricane.

Do Not Self-Dispatch to The Gulf Coast!!!

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Date: Aug 30, 2005 6:18 PM
Subject: [EMS-L] Do Not Self-Dispatch to The Gulf Coast!!!
To: texasems-l@yahoogroups.com, Paramedicine@yahoogroups.com , ems-l@schadone.com

First Responders Urged Not To Respond To Hurricane Impact Areas Unless Dispatched By State, Local Authorities

Release Date: August 29, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-174

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), today urged all fire and emergency services departments not to respond to counties and states affected by Hurricane Katrina without being requested and lawfully dispatched by state and local authorities under mutual aid agreements and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

"The response to Hurricane Katrina must be well coordinated between federal, state and local officials to most effectively protect life and property," Brown said. "We appreciate the willingness and generosity of our Nation's first responders to deploy during disasters. But such efforts must be coordinated so that fire-rescue efforts are the most effective possible."

The U.S. Fire Administration, part of FEMA, asks that fire and emergency services organizations remain in contact with their local and state emergency management agency officials for updates on requirements in the affected areas.

"It is critical that fire and emergency departments across the country remain in their jurisdictions until such time as the affected states request assistance," said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. "State and local mutual aid agreements are in place as is the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and those mechanisms will be used to request and task resources needed in the affected areas."

Paulison said the National Incident Management System is being used during the response to Hurricane Katrina and that self-dispatching volunteer assistance could significantly complicate the response and recovery effort.

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

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Fwd: RJC Special Report: Sheehan & NY Times & Condi

RJC Special Report
  August 30, 2005  
Dear RJC Members:

In light of recent events, we thought you would find the following RJC analyses of interest.


Susan Estrich Shames Sheehan for "Anti-Semitic" Rhetoric
Law professor, celebrity liberal political commentator, and 1988 Dukakis Presidential campaign manager, Susan Estrich, criticizes Cindy Sheehan for her anti-Israel and "anti-Semitic" remarks. In a recent  column  Estrich attacks Sheehan for "anti-Semitism masked as opposition to Israel."  

Estrich sympathizes with Sheehan, who lost her son Casey in the war in Iraq, but she reprimands this mother for trying to blame Israel, and in turn Jews, for her loss. "It is ludicrous to suggest that Casey died for Israel," Estrich writes, "but it is worse to lionize Cindy Sheehan without confronting the anti-Semitism that seems to be accepted not even beneath the surface."

Estrich cites Sheehan who criticized the Bush administration for supporting Israel: "What they're saying, too, is like, its OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons. But Iran or Syria better not get nuclear weapons. ... It's OK for Israel to occupy Palestine ... for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it's not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. They're a bunch of (expletive) hypocrites."

The Republican Jewish Coalition commends Estrich for standing up to Sheehan. Differences in political viewpoints should not interfere with efforts to stamp out anti-Semitism.


Read the full column here.

The New York Times Can't Undermine President Bush's Support for Israel

In an August 17th interview with the New York Times, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice offered her perspective on the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and the future direction of the peace process.  

The Times article that ran on August 18th not only grossly distorts the Secretary's words – portraying her as callous toward the Israeli disengagement – but also advances a clearly anti-Israel bias. CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, has issued a special report detailing how the Times skewered Rice's comments, which can be found here .

Since the New York Times article was published, a growing media buzz has claimed Condoleeza Rice turned her back on Israel. More significantly, these reports have implied that President Bush has dismissed the recent efforts Israel has made to bring peace to the region.

Newspapers and bloggers both are attacking the administration for jumping ship. For example, the conservative pro-Israel blogger, Israpundit chastised Rice for being a, "warmonger, encouraging terror and war by rewarding it [Palestinians] with gifts of land, property and money (read that "welfare").

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer similarly responded to Rice's reported comments by criticizing the implied worldview she – and the Bush administration – seemingly represented.

Columnists like Krauthammer are to be applauded for standing up for Israel and challenging those who do not demonstrate a commitment to ensuring peace and security for all Israelis. However, in this instance the pundits are wrong.

The New York Times can try to distort Secretary Rice's words, but they can't misrepresent the Bush Administration's dedication to Israel.

The transcript of the entire interview – posted by the State Department – reveals a Secretary of State who applauds Prime Minister Sharon's leadership, sympathizes with the Israeli settlers, and emphasizes repeatedly that the Palestinian Authority must bring an end to terrorist factions such as Hamas. (Read the entire interview here.)

President Bush has demonstrated a ceaseless commitment to "advancing the cause of liberty in the Middle East" and to ensuring security for Israelis as well as Americans. This president consistently works to fight anti-Semitism, defeat terror networks, and support a strong US-Israel relationship.

This is why Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asserted: "As far as I remember, as we look back toward many years now, I think that we never had such relations with any President of the United States as we have with you, and we never had such cooperation in everything as we have with the current administration."

In this week's radio address the President congratulated "the Prime Minister for his bold leadership." He asserted: "The way forward is clear. The Palestinians must show the world that they will fight terrorism and govern in a peaceful way." And, he reiterated, "We remain fully committed to defending the security and well-being of our friend and ally Israel." (Read the entire radio address here.)

Matt Brooks
Republican Jewish Coalition


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Katrina and International Aid

My hopes and prayers are with all those in South Florida and on the Gulf Coast who have suffered from the impact of this monster storm.
If this natural disaster had happened anywhere else in the world, the United States would be rushing to aid the victims while the international community would sit on their hands carping about how the USA should be doing more.
Where is that International Community when we're facing what will likely be one of the worst natural disasters in our nations history?
Read it for yourself straight from the UN's website, all I can say is thanks a lot for all the help, guys!
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Rich nations can also suffer from natural disasters, says UN agency chief

30 August 2005 The devastation being wrought in the south-eastern United States by Hurricane Katrina and the recent deadly floods in Central Europe and Switzerland prove that "anyone can be affected, any day, anywhere" by natural disaster, said the head of the United Nations disaster-reduction body, calling for more systematic prevention and mitigation measures.

"As a tourist or as a traveller, we can be faced by natural disasters that do not exist in our country. Therefore we have to be constantly prepared for all types of natural disasters," Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), told a press briefing in Geneva.

Stressing that even the richest countries have not been spared by such catastrophes, he added that recent weather-rated catastrophes provide an opportune moment for the media to pass the message that it is important for all to be prepared in the future. Such natural disasters will have ever more impact because of increased vulnerability due to urban growth and population growth, he said.

People need to be better prepared, and there should be more education and awareness-raising on this subject, he said, adding: "People need to be aware of the importance of early warning systems, and how they can participate, and that there are programmes for preparing for natural catastrophes in which they can participate, as well as simulation exercises."

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