A serious gap exists between the National Search and Rescue (SAR) Plan and the National Response Plan. These two plans govern federal rescue actions in response to incidents and disasters. This gap creates a significant shortfall in our national planning and preparedness for the primary goal of saving lives following a disaster. The result can be seen in the mass rescue operations in the aftermath of Katrina. While the SAR operations were incredibly successful, the success was more a tribute to the individual professionalism of SAR agencies putting together an ad hoc mass rescue operation on the spot rather than executing a well constructed and exercised plan.
Two Plans that Need to Come Together
By Mr. Chris Doane and Mr. Joe DiRenzo III