Readers are encouraged to check out the comments connected with this post, since they provide a variety of perspectives on the role of military in disasters.
Yet another new element to the long-term recovery plans and processes for the oil spill outcome. On June 30th, President issued a Memorandum from the President on the Long-Term Gulf Coast Restoration Support Plan. As published in the Federal Register , July 6. Some key aspects of the plan include:
(a) Led by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus; (b) Aimed at helping the affected residents to recover from the BP oil spill and to ensure that a similar crisis does not occur again; (c) Result in ensuring economic recovery, community planning, science-based restoration of the ecosystem and environment, public health and safety efforts, and support to affected third parties; and(d) Include a comprehensive assessment of post spill needs, short and long-term objectives and support to individuals and businesses who suffered losses due to the oil spill. Also, the plan should consider the resources currently available to respond to the disaster and to use them to complement the ongoing oil spill efforts. Finally, Secretary Mabus would have to coordinate state, federal and other agencies.
First time the Navy has been involved in major civilian oil spill or any other disaster recovery. Should be an interesting study in public administration to see how he coordinates state and other agencies, not to mention the private and non-profit sector organizations involved. Note to Researchers: great material for a study!
See additional commentary on the blog exchange www.hlswatch.com, dated July 3.