The United States Civil Defense Association (USCDA)
It is our intent to build and strengthen this patriotic organization to train to the highest standard in “Homeland Security” through accomplishing FEMA courses, CERT, Homeland Security Agency training, coordinating with city, county (Sheriff) and state Emergency Management Offices, Red Cross Emergency Disaster Teams, Fire, Sheriff, Police departments, National Guard and participate in INFRAGARD, the FBI’s national anti-terrorist national network. In this primary mission, USCDA members will be effective in helping to protect our country as “support” personnel for first responders, manning command posts, call centers, county, state and multi-county emergency exercises.
Our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively preparing for, preventing, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all threats, crimes, hazards, and emergencies. USCDA practices Incident Command System (ICS). USCDA is a private organization and not a government entity and it exists to provide humanitarian aid, and disaster response and relief on behalf of local Churches, the duly elected constitutional county sheriff’s across America and help provide emergency relief where needed in his/her area of jurisdiction and to those citizens in need.
We can provide search and rescue, public school safety, force multiplier, and improved force protection, and all aspects of disaster relief. During man-made or natural disasters and other emergencies. USCDA will respond to requests from any Constitutional sheriff.
In time of disasters the county sheriff is ultimately in charge of over all emergency operations in his/her county and bears all responsibility until ICS is set up. During those situations deputies can become overwhelmed and the sheriff may need additional trained and experienced man power that operate under the command of the sheriff. Crimes, misdemeanors, disasters, public safety, community events, and keeping the peace have been the traditional role of the Sheriff. A new threat to our school children/students needs to be dealt with by county sheriffs with specially trained posse members. With new waves of man-made disasters, crime and danger is assaulting the citizen under the protection of the Sheriff as well as the very office of the Sheriff itself. Authorities in some jurisdictions are advocating abolishing the Office of Sheriff altogether..
USCDA also offers programs serving all 3,000 plus counties nationwide. This represents the best practices that a successful USCDA Church chapter and County Sheriff to start and maintain their partnership with USCDA.
USCDA while working in partnership with local churches, the county sheriff during non-emergencies will establish a local USCDA chapter or work with an existing USCDA chapter to train citizens in the county in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs educating them about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. USCDA conducts many more emergency Management training courses made available to your church and other county residents.
All constitutional county sheriffs should consider adding us to their emergency resource directory so in times of emergencies they can call on the USCDA.
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