Coast Guard reservists put their lives on hold to respond to natural disasters such as floods and manmade threats such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With the prospect of more of both kinds of disasters (including a biochemical attack), much can be done to make the call-up of reservists more efficient.
Detective Jo Ann Phillips of the Central City Police Department was having a busy morning. The District Attorney's office was clamoring for more conclusive evidence on their lead suspect in a string of armed robberies. She was about to turn to her partner when the phone rang.
"Detective Phillips," she said.
"BMI Phillips? This is YN2 Smithfield from Integrated Support Command Central City. Atlantic Area is standing up three disaster assistance response teams for deployment to south Florida for Hurricane Grant. Have you been following the news about the hurricane?"