President Decision Making- Mass Casualty

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Presidential Decision Making The president is responsible for leading our great nation. He has many responsibilities and must perform his duties according to the law. Because the constitution is very vague, his powers can be loosely interpreted regarding decision making. In times of need, the President must exert his own thoughts on a current situation proactively. In the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, the President must be prepared to act quickly and efficiently. Major concerns and issues regarding an earthquake registered at 8.2 on the Richter scale 50 miles east of San Francisco, would include the potential damages of the earthquake. An 8.2 on the Richter scale causes a 100 mile damage radius. The President would need to make the decision as to what areas are the most effected, and what areas need the most aid. The wounded would need to be cared for immediately by hospitals or mobile hospitals. The dead would then need to be collected and transported elsewhere for burials or other forms of burial services. The primary needs of people affected by this disaster include a mass collection of basic necessities and housing options. Government organizations such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and volunteer organizations such as the Red Cross must collect these provisions, distribute them, and have ample supplies. These necessities would include food, water, toiletries, and clothing. Housing options would include trailers, hotels, shelters, and foster options within a few hundred miles of the damaged areas. In addition, FEMA will assist in bringing families together and helping people cope with the dire situation. The president must be quick to respond to the situation at hand. First he must instruct the local governments to utilize their resources and amass their volunteers while the national government prepares to

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