30JAN2014: Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Alerts Public to Pre-Super Bowl Military Drills


(AlternativePress)- ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – On WednesdayEssex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. alerted the public to not be alarmed this weekend if they see increased police activity in the area. According to DiVincenzo, police will be involved with drills at the Essex County / Caldwell Airport in Fairfield in preparation for the Super Bowl. Specifically, on Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, military aircraft and helicopters will be landing and taking off at the airport and performing practice flights.

“We are honored that they have chosen our airport as their landing site and pleased that we could have a small role in helping make this national event a success,” DiVincenzo commented.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police will be involved with the security drills and the Fairfield Fire Department will be on standby at the airport while the military aircrafts practice their flyovers.

Read more: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/west-essex/articles/essex-county-executive-divincenzo-alerts-public-t

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27JAN2014 – Psychological Warfare – Ohio police department using fake drug checkpoints


Editorial comment – OHIO is not the only state performing these ‘pre-crime set-ups’ and psychological warfare operations against  the American and/or U.S citizen driver. TGR has acquired information over the past few years suggesting that Missouri and other states participate in these psychological police-state predictive programming warfare ops. I wonder if they ever consider drivers may turn off after seeing these signs because they are late anyway to their destination, or they want to avoid or not participate in the whole ‘super-soldier’  performance and  predictive programming psychological entrapment warfare games?  Maybe they just want to avoid being shot that day at the alleged checkpoint?  Can’t we just travel and not be harassed? Just a few more unresolved questions… 

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(ElPasoTimes) – MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—Police in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights know they’re not allowed to use checkpoints to search drivers and their cars for drugs.

So they’re trying the next best thing: fake drug checkpoints.

Police in the city of 19,000 recently posted large yellow signs along Interstate 271 that warned drivers that there was a drug checkpoint ahead, to be prepared to stop and that there was a drug-sniffing police dog in use.

There was no such checkpoint, just police officers waiting to see if any drivers would react suspiciously after seeing the signs.

Authorities say that four people were stopped, with some arrests and drugs seized. They declined to be more specific.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/12tIqGq) that some civil rights leaders and at least one person pulled over by police are questioning the tactic, wondering if it could violate the Fourth Amendment against unlawful searches and seizures.

“I don’t think it accomplishes any public safety goals,” said Terry Gilbert, a prominent Cleveland civil rights attorney. “I don’t think it’s good to mislead the population for any reason if you’re a government agency.”

Nick Worner, a spokesman for the Cleveland office of the American Civil Liberties Union, said his office will be looking further into the fake checkpoints to determine whether anyone’s rights may be being violated.

Dominic Vitantonio, a Mayfield Heights assistant prosecutor, said the fake checkpoints are legal and a legitimate effort in the war on drugs.

“We should be applauded for doing this,” Dominic Vitantonio said. “It’s a good thing.”

A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said actual drug checkpoints are not legal and that police can randomly stop cars for just two reasons: to prevent immigrants without legal permission to be in the U.S. and contraband from entering the country and to get drunk drivers off the road.

It’s unclear how that ruling would apply to a fake drug checkpoint or whether any other police department in the nation has used similar tactics

Bill Peters, one of the four drivers pulled over as a result of the fake checkpoint, said he wonders if he was targeted because he has long, unkempt hair.

Peters, of Medina, said he was driving on the interstate when he missed his exit. He pulled over to check his phone for directions, then pulled back onto the freeway when his phone disconnected from the charger, causing him to pull over again to reconnect it, he said.

Soon after returning to the freeway, police pulled him over.

Peters said the officer asked him what kind of drugs he had in the car, saying it would be much easier to confess before other officers and a drug-sniffing dog arrived. Peters insisted he had no drugs. As promised, other officers and the dog were summoned, and Peters agreed to allow his car to be searched.

No drugs were found.

“The last time I checked, it is not against the law to pull over to the side of the road to check directions,” said Peters, who added that the officer who stopped him commended him for being safety conscious.

“I see what they’re doing, but I think it’s kind of dangerous,” Peters said. “It’s one thing to do this on a 25 mph road; it’s another on a busy interstate. I think it’s a violation to just be pulled over and searched.”

http://www.elpasotimes.com/nationworld/ci_23571387/ohio-police-department-using-fake-drug-checkpoints

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23JAN2014: Special Ops Marines Urban Warfare training in New Orleans with Law Enforcement


“Nature of the exercises was not released publicly”

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(NOLA) – Preparing to deploy to combat terrorism,Special Operations Marines and sailors again are undergoing certification training in urban warfare in the New Orleans area, the military has confirmed. The training began Tuesday and continues through Jan. 28, but the nature of the exercises was not released publicly.

Similar training occurred in August, months afterU.S. Special Operations forces underwent training in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. That training wasn’t announced in advance and involved military helicopters appearing in the night over the French Quarter and Central Business District areas.

Portions of the training that began this week “will be conducted in remote locations in and around New Orleans,” said Capt. Barry Morris, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. “The forces will work in cooperation with local authorities and residents to provide an opportunity for realistic training to all stakeholders and minimizing disruption to the local communities.”

He said the Marines and sailors are training “to ensure the highest degree of readiness” for deploying for what the military calls the global war on terrorism. “There should be no military aircraft or helicopters involved in this training, nor is any simulated gunfire expected,” Morris said.

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20JAN2013: Richland SC deputies/military carry out secretive joint exercise – No Reporters Allowed


NO REPORTERS ALLOWED – OH MY

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(Brandon Turbeville via Daily Sheeple) – In keeping with the ever increasing trend of military and law enforcement cooperation and the growing prevalence of civilian police forces conducting drills with military forces, South Carolina’s Richland County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be engaging in joint training exercises on Monday and Tuesday with unidentified units from Ft. Bragg.

The exercises are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday and will run up to midnight on both days and will take place largely in Lower Richland, near Eastover and Hopkins.

Exercises are also planned for the areas of Screaming Eagle Rd. near Elgin and North Richland County very close to outbound Monticello Road.

Beyond this information, however, very little else is known about the upcoming shadowy training exercises. That is, except for the fact that they may be very loud and possibly alarming to the local residents unprepared for or uninformed of them.

According to the State newspaper, reporters will not be allowed to “view or participate” in the exercise.

Clearly, simulated combat will be a part of the drill due to the fact that residents are being told not to be alarmed by the sound of gunfire or “ordinance.”

According to the Sheriff’s Department press release, “Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordinance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel.”

The release also stated that the exercise was being held “Due to Sheriff Leon Lott’s longstanding commitment to making sure that deputies are trained and prepared for every event and potential threat and his desire to assist the military to ensure their preparations.”

It is worth noting that Ft. Bragg hosts some of the U.S. Army’s more elite units such as Special Forces as well as more elite airborne and aviation support units.

Ft. Bragg is also home to the elite Delta Force.

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/upcoming-military-drill-off-limits-to-reporters_012014#sthash.yibdK7ON.dpuf

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18JAN2014: The Three Stages of US Martial Law: “What Will It Be Like?”


(SHTF) – If you’ve ever wondered what Martial Law in America may look like, then this detailed report will be an eye opener. It explores the ramifications of our current economic and political climate, motivating factors that necessitate a lock-down of America by The-Powers-That-Be, the signs to look for before it happens, implementation, and your life once troops have been deployed. 


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America has gone from being annoyed with their government to the point of resisting their government. In my previous article, I have detailed how state governors, veterans, truckers and just average everyday citizens are resisting the tyrannical and egregious abrogation’s of the United States Constitution. The police state crackdown mechanisms are in place which are designed to break the back of any resistance to federal authority, legitimate or not.

The net effect of the establishment of “Police State America” is that it is designed to subjugate the populace and stamp out any remaining vestiges of Constitutional liberties and create a society where the state is all-powerful. With America’s new found spirit of civil liberty being expressed through acts of civil disobedience, martial law is being put into place. When one couples this undeniable fact with the fact that President Obama is under extreme pressure and is struggling to maintain control of the country, these measures are going to be rolled in a style reminiscent of the Shock and Awe style witnessed in Gulf War I.

Obama Is a Wounded Animal

Obama was clearly given a mandate by the central bankers to get the US in a war in the Middle East, first with Syria and Iran. This conflict was designed to temporarily preserve the Petrodollar which Iran is threatening by selling oil for gold to China, Russia and India. The powers that be were hoping that Russia and China would resist and any final resistance to a complete central banking takeover of the planet would be eliminated. Obama’s initiatives, designed to provoke a war with Syria, as a first step, were turned back. Obama has been publicly humiliated by Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.The world and specifically, the alternative media thwarted Obama and the central bankers on this front.

Obama’s Motivation for Martial Law Implementation

Richard Nixon was unable to survive one direct hit upon his administration, namely, the Watergate scandal. Conversely, Obama is facing five scandals which dwarfs Watergate in terms of criminality, abuse of power, malfeasance of office and outright treason. The damage inflicted upon the American people by the criminal syndicate occupying the White House, in American History, is unparalleled.  

Last May the central bankers, through their corporate controlled press, released five Watergate type scandals in a brief 10 day period designed to force a reluctant President’s hand in the Middle East. America is outraged by (1) Benghazi-Gate; (2) IRS-Gate; (3) AP Spy-Gate; (4) Whistle-blower-Gate; and even (5) Fast and Furious made a second pass. The alternative media is being so effective that it is forcing the MSM to jump off Obama’s ship and claim they do not support him any longer (e.g. MSNBC Chris Mathews). These five events are real threats to this President remaining in office. Unable to get a war started in the Middle East, how can the President survive these five crises? He has no choice but to move from the soft forms of martial law to an all-out implementation of martial law if he wants to remain in power.

The Three Stages of Martial Law Roll-Out

Under martial law, Obama can effectively eliminate all opposition to his administration. Under martial law, Obama can eliminate all media opposition to his presidency. Additionally, under martial law, Obama can remain in power, perhaps indefinitely. The pattern for the implementation of martial law follows three very distinct stages.

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Stage one of martial law consists of the gradual roll-out of government controls over citizen liberties. Travel is restricted through inland border checkpoints. The internal DHS VIPR programs which randomly search citizens at public events and on the highways. Citizens are conditioned by the TSA that they do not control or own their bodies as the flying public is molested by the TSA everyday in our nation’s airports in an extreme violation of our citizens Fourth Amendment rights. Stage one also begins to create an enemies list and we have already seen this in the MIAC report in which Christians, Ron Paul supporters, Second Amendment supporters, Libertarians and Constitutionalists have been branded as domestic terrorists. The enemies list has been created and will be acted upon at a future date. In Stage one, the government elevates itself above any pretense of constitutional liberties. America has been firmly under Stage one martial law governance since the events of 9/11.

In Stage two, martial law implementation becomes obvious to all citizens except for the ones who invoke cognitive dissonance as a psychological coping mechanism. Stage two is marked by restrictions on travel, the loss of free speech and the right to assemble to air grievances against the government.

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In Stage two, the free internet as we know it, will disappear. Subsequently, the truthful, alternative media will disappear as well. Stage two is also characterized by the total loss of due process of law with regard to detainment, imprisonment or worse. This stage is also marked by limiting participation of members of the society who have been previously identified as enemies of the state (i.e. MIAC Report). This would include the ability to hold certain kinds of employment, a special designation on a form of national ID, the imposition of restrictions on who can marry, where one can live, etc.

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(Rwanda: This ID led to 90 days of genocide resulting in one million executions.)

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(Pictured: Your soon-to-be ID card)

When the national ID card is implemented, it is time to run for the hills because history shows that nobody will be safe.

The Loss of Private Property

Stage two also witnesses the total loss of private property and free will in terms of choice of domicile (i.e. Agenda 21), choice of employment and exercising any form of political choice. In short, Stage two is characterized by creating a political caste system in which the legal rights of certain groups are set in place (i.e. NDAA, Executive Order 13603, etc). The MERS mortgage fraud inspired thievery of legitimate home titles and the MF Global theft of privately secured investment accounts are cases in point. Stage two is often preceded by a false flag attack (e.g. burning of the Reichstag) designed to create a perceived enemy which serves as the excuse for the encroachment of  “necessary” tyranny in a society in which “we must trade our liberty for security” approach to governance.

Stage three martial law has given history some of its darkest days. Warrantless detentions become common place in which suspected political dissidents are removed from society, usually in the middle of the night. In modern terminology, these would be referred to as the “Red list” tagged citizens who are detained and normally executed. These include outspoken preachers, outspoken talk show hosts, people who have any kind of history of civil disobedience.

The remainder of this article will exclusively focus on the establishment of Stage two martial law.

Police State Measures

From unconstitutional border checkpoints which are  dozens of miles inland, America has been under a soft form of martial law for some time. The TSA conducts illegal and unconstitutional sexual assault, everyday, upon the flying public. The TSA has expanded their illegal detention and search operations through Operation VIPR on highways, malls and even a high school prom in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The NSA spies on your electronic move and has created a threat matrix database on every American. Why? What have Americans done that is so bad that our federal agencies have to invade rodeos, NASCAR events and the I-40 highway in Tennessee to pull over Americans without probable cause and molest their bodies in the name of national security? These unwarranted actions are the preliminary event to the roll out of Stage two martial law.

Creating the “Reichstag Fire” Justification

When the lights go out

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I do not look for one false flag event designed to move the country into martial law, it is likely that several false flag events will take place, in different regions of the country. The pattern is almost always the same in which the authorities conduct a drill related to terrorism. The drill is used to mask a false flag attack arising from the drill. This happened on 9/11, the 7/7 bombings and most recently, at the Boston Marathon. These drills combined with resulting false flag events will give the administration the ability to incrementally implement martial law in a fashion similar to what happened in with the implementation of  illegal martial law in Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th. The roll out of Boston’s martial law was clearly a beta test for what is coming all across the country. And who could ever forget the images of the federal subjugation of an American city in which we saw troops in the street, curfews imposed and free travel eliminated.

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Recently, DHS sponsored a self-study entitled, “Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission“, in which DHS proclaims that they are no longer concerned with foreign inspired terrorism. They are only going to focus on domestic terrorism, ostensibly, against the American people. Does the DHS purchase of 2.2 billion rounds of ammo, the acquisition of 2700 armored personnel carriers and the beta test of martial law in Boston last April begin to make a great deal of sense. Total control over the country, through a false flag event scenario seems entirely likely given the pre-positioning of assets by DHS.

The real purpose behind the creation of this American version of the East German Stasi secret police was to monitor and control the American population. Unfortunately, DHS has shared its high tech toys with most local police departments and Sheriff’s Departments and has, as a result, co-opted their local function. In other words, the federalization of local police forces, in violation of the 10th Amendment, is well underway. The early returns on this process are in and the results are extremely ugly, and through the federalization of local police departments, DHS is acquiring the manpower to enforce its soon-to-be martial law edicts.

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The Importance of PDD 51 Cannot Be Overstated

Further support comes from Presidential Decision Directive 51 handed President Obama dictator status in times of declared, and not necessarily real, national emergency. PDD 51 is a Bush era executive order that gives the President dictatorial power in times of national emergency, eliminates any roadblock to declaring martial law in the United States. It gives Obama the power to suspend elections. Under this arrangement, Obama could have 50 Watergate type of scandals hanging over his and he does not have to worry about leaving office.

Stage Two and the Abrogation of Civil Liberties

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Can there be any doubt?

When the first false flag event occurs, America will witness the implementation of Obama’s Executive Order 13603. In Section 601 of Executive Order 13603 signals the most Orwellian aspect of this executive order in which “upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services” (paragraph 2). What is particularly troubling is that the Secretary of Labor will possess oversight over the Selective Service process, instead of the Secretary of Defense. This revelation left me scratching my head as I wondered why would the Department of Labor be in charge of the coming military draft? Then it dawned upon me that we were not just talking about military conscription. I refer to the 2008 Presidential campaign in which Obama stated that “we need to construct a national civilian security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded” (as the military).

Obama is clearly planning to conscript civilians, train them and send them where they are needed and will pay them whatever wage the Secretary of Commerce determines (Section 601; paragraphs 3, 4-Section 801; paragraph C). In one fell swoop, Obama has sidestepped the 13th Amendment as we are talking about the introduction of forced labor (i.e. indentured servitude).

Under Executive Order 13603, the Secretary of Transportation has been authorized control over civil transportation which “includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities, such as transportation carrier shop and repair facilities.” “Civil transportation” also shall include direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership” (Section 801 part A). Can there be any doubt that the expanded surveillance program by of the TSA, in their unconstitutional, hands down our pants VIPER program, is designed to control all travel in the United States? The former Soviet Union used to have checkpoints every 20 miles in order to restrict travel and to prevent the congregation of “revolutionary forces” for purposes of opposing government control as well as to limit the ability of political dissidents to flee from their governmental pursuers. I feel compelled to ask, what is the government going to do that is so nefarious and so intrusive that they are seeking to set up a control grid which will accomplish these same goals? The present day Border Patrol checkpoints are part of a conditioning process designed to get Americans used to the fact that they have no constitutional liberties (e.g. Fourth Amendment).

Under EO 13603, the Secretary of Energy will have control over all “Energy” (which) means all forms of energy including petroleum, gas (both natural and manufactured), electricity, solid fuels (including all forms of coal, coke, coal chemicals, coal liquification, and coal gasification), solar, wind, other types of renewable energy, atomic energy, and the production, conservation, use, control, and distribution (including pipelines) of all of these forms of energy…” This means the government will have total control over all utility prices, the installation of smart meters along with the implementation of the smart grid and the amount of energy which can be consumed by average Americans will be severely curtailed under this new system of energy feudalism which will be imposed on the new American serfs. Obama, in the 2008 Presidential Campaign, stated that “under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Previously ignorant Americans will soon come to know the true meaning and the accurately prophetic meaning of these words (Section 801, part b).

Starving Americans Into Submission

Stalin did it, Hitler did it and now Obama has the ability to do it. In Stage two martial law, if you want to eat, you must obey.

The Secretary of Agriculture will posses control over “fertilizer” (which) means any product or combination of products that contain one or more of the elements nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for use as a plant nutrient.” The Secretary of Agriculture will also control “food resource facilities “(which) means plants, machinery, vehicles(including on farm), and other facilities required for the production, processing, distribution, and storage (including cold storage) of food resources, and for the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer.” This is the total control of all food. This will allow Monsanto which demonstrably controls the Department of Agriculture, the FDA and EPA to move forward, unabated, for the total GMO takeover of our food supply. Even more disturbing is that a few men will have total control over all food production and the dissenting masses who oppose this fascist takeover can be effectively starved into submission or starved to death (Section 801, parts c-f).

There can be no doubt as the Secretary of Defense will be placed in charge of all water resources Section 801, part n). I can draw no other conclusion that placing the control of water under the DOD represents the weaponizing of water and the intended target of this full frontal assault are the American people for the purpose of imposing population control and complete compliance. I hearken back to the move The Hunger Games, this is exactly what lies in our future with regard to a martial law roll out which reaches Stage two.

What Will It Be Like to Live Under Martial Law?

In summary, Stage two martial law will follow a false flag event in which the internet will be taken down. All bank accounts, pension funds and 401K’s will be frozen and stolen. Extreme travel restrictions will be put in place. Random house to house searches will be conducted (Don’t forget about the 386,000 foreign troops which just completed their training on American soil). What will they be looking for? Of course, they will be looking for guns and the false flag events will give them the pretext to do so. And they will also be looking for known trouble makers. We will all be living in a society where we can be singled out for persecution, or worse. We will all have to watch every word we say. As it was in the Soviet Union, your young children will be used to spy upon and tattle on you at their school. And of course, you will be totally dependent upon the government for food, water and shelter. Traveling will be so onerous, that you will be content just to huddle in your home. When the false flag events commence, we will look at these days as the good ‘ole days.

 

The following article has been contributed by Dave Hodges ofThe Common Sense Show via SteveQuayle.com

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12JAN2014 – Parks and Wildlife Officers Now Heavily Armed As Military-Style “Force Multipliers”


(Mac Slavo- Activist Post) – 

You best not be a terrorist or homegrown radical extremist hiding out in the boonies of the Texas wilderness, because if you are you may well come face-to-face with the Parks and Wildlife Department’s newest rapid deployment “Scout Team.”

The unit is made up of 25 highly trained game wardens capable of deploying anywhere in the state of Texas within four hours. Armed with AR-15s, BDUs, and kevlar helmets, the team’s mission according to the TPWD website involves border operations, dignitary protection or any form of high-risk law enforcement, such as serving felony arrest warrants or hostage situations.

As The Dallas Observer’s Brantley Hargrove notes, “the militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete.”

[The team] is modeled after what military types call a “force multiplier,” which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. 

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“We’re steeped in tradition and very mindful of our past,” said special ops chief Grahame Jones. “It’s an important part of who we are, but we have to look to the future.” 

And the future is a camo AR. Now, if Texas truly intends to secede, it’s got its own military force ready and waiting. We’ve even got a Navy! TPWD has 564 vessels, including a 65-foot gulf patrol ship, and gunboats mounted with .30 cal machine guns.

 

Maybe we’re a little paranoid here, but doesn’t it strike you as a bit odd that every possible government related entity in this country – be it federal, state or local – is being heavily armed with assault rifles, weaponized drones and battle wagons?

The Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, property code enforcement teams, and now Parks and Wildlife are all putting Department of Homeland Security’s multi-billion dollar budget to good use.

What, exactly, are these organizations planning for?

Do they know something big is about to go down?

Or is the intention here to strike fear into the populace by instilling in us that America is now a battlefield and the government is ready to go to war with anyone who stands in its way?

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11Jan2014: “Operation Coastal Response” drill to allegedly unite civilian and military units


FYI – more post-Katrina disaster drills coming up…

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By Charles Swenson | Coastal Observer

Public and private emergency services in Georgetown and Horry counties will conduct a large scale disaster drill in a joint exercise with military units next month. Operation Coastal Response will involve dozens of local and state agencies. The joint military exercise, Palmetto Thunder, will involve hundreds of troops in emergency response training that will include construction of a bridge to Sandy Island.

Among the most noticeable aspects of the drill, planned for Feb. 1, will be the state helicopter rescue team that will fly a pair of Black Hawk helicopters from Waccamaw Middle School for training exercises on the Waccamaw River.

“We’re going to be pulling everybody together,” said Cindy Grace, the Emergency Management coordinator for Georgetown County. “We’re making sure that our plans are working.”

The project originated with a training exercise mandated for the Myrtle Beach airport. The Horry County Emergency Management Office got involved and they recruited their colleagues in Georgetown County, Grace said. She and Sam Hodge, the county Emergency Management director, have been working on the project since last summer.

The military was invited to bring its Palmetto Thunder operation into the scenario.

“We want to make sure we can communicate,” Grace said. “We’re testing our equipment. We’re testing our personnel.

The S.C. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team likes to keep its training operations low-key. But with a pair of Black Hawk helicopters running continuous missions for five and a half hours from the ballfield at Waccamaw Middle School, that might not be possible.

The 42-member team will fly into the school the night before the exercise after a day of training at Bucksport, where the headquarters for Operation Coastal Response will be set up. They’ll spend the night in the gym, then start training at 9 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., “there should always be an aircraft in the air,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sean Reynolds, one of the team’s pilots. “We will minimize the noise as much as possible.”

The flight path will take the Black Hawks, part of the S.C. Army National Guard Aviation Unit, around the Reserve Club and other portions of Willbrook Plantation. But they will be flying low, Reynolds said.

The rescue team was formed in 2009 after Hurricane Katrina highlighted the need for helicopters to be able to rescue flood victims. “We are an all-hazard response,” said Dan McManus, the assistant state fire marshal and a member of the team.

He likens the team to a 911 responder for emergency services. It has been placed on standby nine times in four years and flown three rescue missions. It conducted training in the Waccamaw River in July 2010. The river’s current provides a good simulation for floodwaters.

“We like coming to the coast in January,” McManus said. “Although the water’s cold, it’s good for training.”

It’s a time when the operation won’t interfere with tourists and boat traffic on the river.

The 30 rescue swimmers training “will be approaching hypothermia every time they complete an event,” Reynolds said. They will warm up in the school media center then head back to the river.

The Georgetown County School Board got a briefing on the helicopter rescue exercise this week. That prompted a question from Board Member Richard Kerr: “Is it possible to watch?”

“We try to keep this as low-key as possible,” Reynolds said. “If we advertise it too much, there will be so many people at the event.”

But he acknowledged that the Black Hawks do draw a crowd. During down-time from the training missions, the team members try to offer tours of the aircraft and explain the unit’s mission, Reynolds said.

That was good news to Alan Pritchard, the media specialist at Waccamaw High who is advisor to WASA, the Waccamaw Association of Space and Aviation.

“We’d like to be there, of course,” he said.

Grace, the county Emergency Management coordinator, said the public will have an opportunity to watch some of the exercises. Horry County has been recruiting volunteer “victims” for an airplane crash at Myrtle Beach.

“We know folks will show up everywhere we’re having exercises,” Grace said.

Organizers will make sure the public realizes it’s only a drill. “Safety will be important,” she said.

Operation Coastal Response will also involve Midway and Murrells Inlet-Garden City fire and rescue, the sheriff’s office, public works, schools, hospitals and non-profits.

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