Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dangerous Detention Camps Unnecessary

Rep. Alcee I. Hastings, D-Fla introduced a new bill, H.R. 645 to the House of Representatives calling for the secretary of Homeland Security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87757

The H.R. 645 Bill is unnecessary. Six centers around the country would still leave people vastly scattered and would continue confusion and hinder return to normalcy. It would create detention camps that could be used in ways dangerous to our freedoms.

A better proposal for Homeland Security is that in an emergency, the closest schools around the disaster would be used to take care of those in need.
The people could get back to their property when it is clear.
It would be easier to protect, recover or repair their property for full recovery if possible.

Things most schools already have:

Cafeteria to feed the multitude real meals.
Computers to register those who come, and keep tract of when they leave
Separate computers for them to contact relatives.
Telephones to make arrangements and contact relatives.
Intercom that reaches the whole school at once
Intercom can reach individual rooms making cafeteria calls and assemblies easier.
Gymnasium for assemblies and play for children
Clinic for health concerns, easy to add staff.
Smaller rooms to keep families together and children safe and controlled.
Lockdown procedures are usually in place..
Security set-up is already established, easy to be added to.
Buses and Drivers for transportation.
Music Room and Auditorium with Stage for Plays and Music to comfort the people.

It would be a wonderful learning experience for the community including the children.

It would promote the law of “Do to others as you would have them do to you,” and generous loving care, because in future disasters, it would be their neighbors who would be caring for them.

The children could volunteer: teaching younger children to read and write to improve the skill of both, move chairs, tables, cots, blankets, escort people, help people pick up after themselves etc.

They would learn great humanitarian and caring skills. It is a winning situation for all communities as they think to the future of caring for their neighbors.

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