As great as America and Americans are, we have one great weakness, and that would be a short memory span. We think, monetarily, in terms of quarters (i.e. stock earnings) and consider one year a long time. We live in tomorrow, yet we expect all of our wants (which rarely are true needs) to be met NOW!
This is why many Americans will ask, “what is CAPSTONE 14?” when viewing the title of this article. It’s possible that CAPSTONE 14 may very well have been the first of three steps in a grand plan, part two of witch, by the name of Operation Jade Helm 15, we are seeing now.
Here’s a glimpse of what CAPSTONE 14 entailed:
In support of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8) the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) presents CAPSTONE-14. Under the direction of the CUSEC Board of Directors, CAPSTONE-14 was a three-year, multi-state scope of planning and preparedness activities culminating in a major, multi-state earthquake exercise in June 2014. It was designed to strengthen partnerships between local, state, and federal governments, while engaging public and private sector entities in planning response and recovery from a catastrophic earthquake occurring within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Included in the initiative were both CUSEC Member, and Associate States.
CAPSTONE-14 included mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response planning activities that directly support legislation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Additionally, the exercise supported plans to improve building inspection capabilities and promote code adoption to enhance seismic safety and community resilience. CAPSTONE-14 built off of lessons learned during the New Madrid Seismic Zone Catastrophic Planning Project and National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11). Focus areas of the CAPSTONE-14 exercise included:
– Regional Communications,
– Regional Situational Awareness,
– Regional Transportation,
– Private Sector Integration,
– Regional Resource Management, and
– Regional Defense Support of Civil Authorities
In November, 2014, CUSEC released the CAPSTONE-14 exercise “After-Action Report” (AAR). The report highlights lessons learned and successes from three years of multi-state planning and preparedness activities coordinated by CUSEC and our Member States. It also highlights recommendations that are critical to advancing earthquake preparedness in the central U.S. The report, lessons learned, and recommendations can all be reviewed by downloading the AAR from: http://www.cusec.org/capstone14/documents/CAPSTONE-14_AAR.pdf
As we work to address the recommendations in the AAR, CUSEC would like to thank the many individuals, Local, State, and Federal Government organizations, and private sector partners who participated in the development and implementation of CAPSTONE-14. Their input and active participation in the years leading up to the exercise were the primary factor in making it a success.
Now, is it unreasonable to ask if Jade Helm is not taking place, in part because of what was learned during CAPSTONE 14? And if so, what does 2016 hold in store for us? Could it be apocalyptic living conditions?
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure. We MUST prepare for Operation Jade Helm! Stock up on food and clean water and ammunition. You can never be too careful.
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