Rourke: Re OPSEC pre SHTF
In Texas,County Judges are the cognizant crisis event managers and all have been through several levels of FEMA crisis management training. This training is a pre-condition to their counties receiving disaster aid. Texas County Judges can order a quarantine of their county and declare a county disaster. Delegate the Judges may but responsible they are, and in the Panhandle, citizens hold their County Judges to a high level of accountability. Several counties here have stockpiled antivirals but only enough for county and emergency services employees and their families. I know one County Judge who would have liked to stockpile more but antiviral expense coupled with a finite lifespan rendered that possibility fiscally mute.
Each County Judge in Texas has access to a radio system that can connect him with other County Judges and even to the Governor. The Governor’s Crisis Manager is a dedicated individual who has equipped each Judge with well thought out crisis pre-planning and response guides. The Judge in my county has a number of three ring binders with plans for dealing with epidemiological and other events and the authority to request a drop shipment of stockpiled CONEX containers with contents tailored to specific events. Many counties throughout Texas have entered into mutual aid agreements and many participate in a council of governments that could organize multi-county response at less than the state level.
Almost all county mobile radios and certainly all issued to elected officials (judges, county commissioners, sheriffs, etc.), are interoperable within the state and equipped with common channels organized in a network hierarchy for emergency response coordination.
For less than a total system meltdown, I feel comfortable with the Texas Emergency Management System, especially with our responsible citizens doing responsible things even during difficult conditions.
The local fire chief may indeed be the delegated crisis manager but in Texas, the elected County Judge is the ultimate authority and directly responsible to his constituency.
Not all states are organized like the People’s Republic of Kalifornia.