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    F.O.P. to Send Relief to Officers in New Orleans
    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, announced today that the F.O.P. would be coordinating with Louisiana law enforcement officials to provide volunteer officers to the New Orleans area in relief of their brother and sister officers, who have been working ceaselessly since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast last week.

    ?All of us have seen the pictures of devastation along the Gulf Coast, and our
    hearts and prayers go out to those families--especially to the people of New
    Orleans, which so recently hosted our National Biennial Conference,? Canterbury aid. ?Like all Americans, we want to help, and we plan to do so by getting additional officers down to the affected areas.?

    In response to a request by Greg Champagne, Sheriff of St. Charles Parish, as well as F.O.P. National Secretary and active St. Charles Parish Deputy Sheriff Patrick Yoes, the F.O.P. will help to direct law enforcement officers willing to volunteer their time in New Orleans in order to assist the officers there. St. Charles Parish will serve as a staging area for these volunteer officers, and their deployment will be coordinated by law enforcement leaders in the affected areas.

    ?The law enforcement officers in New Orleans and other areas started working when Hurricane Katrina was still out in the Gulf of Mexico,? Canterbury said. ?They helped to evacuate the citizens before landfall, have been working to find and rescue those left or trapped in the storm?s aftermath, and now are turning their attention to restoring order to the city so recovery can begin in earnest.?

    Working with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Speaker of the House J.
    Dennis Hastert (R-IL), and Terrance W. Gainer, F.O.P. member and the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), a contingent of USCP officers will be among those
    dispatched to St. Charles Parish in the next few days.

    ?We are grateful to the Fraternal Order of Police for organizing this critical
    effort to help enhance the security, safety and recovery of the victims of Hurricane Katrina,? Senator Frist said. ?We are proud to dispatch our Capitol Police to participate.?

    In addition, the District of Columbia Jerrard F. Young Memorial F.O.P. Lodge #1, has dispatched its mobile kitchen unit to the area to help get food and water to those who need it.

    ?I am proud of the officers in all the affected areas. An incident of this
    magnitude means that they are going without sleep and are unable to be with their own families as they strive to save the lives of others,? Canterbury said. ?When a citizen calls for help, an officer will respond. Our officers have called for help now, and we will not let them down.?

    Canterbury stated that law enforcement agencies wanting to send additional officers to help should contact the St. Charles Parish Sheriff?s Office directly.

    The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 321,000 members.

    Subject: Shelter for Cops Families
    Date: Sep 01, 3:10 pm

    If any cops affected by the hurricane need to house their families, The West Jordan lodge in Utah will house as many cop's families for whatever period of time is needed.

    Subject: Re: Shelter for Cops Families
    Date: Sep 02, 8:38 am
    Same goes for Connecticut. If any cops affected by the hurricane need to house their families, The New Haven County Lodge in Connecticut will house as many cop's families for whatever period of time is needed.

    Subject: Re: Shelter for Cops Families
    Date: Sep 02, 8:46 am
    The National FOP is keeping a log on these type's of offers and if the need arises and upon request we will act as a clearinghouse to get these members assistance.

    From: [email protected]
    Date: Fri, September 2, 2005 10:23 am
    Hurricane Relief Update

    The National Fraternal Order of Police is coordinating our relief efforts on two


    Lodges, Members and the General Public are being requested to send money to the FOP Foundation, which is a 501 C3 charitable entity, which will be responsible for distributing funds on a needs assessment basis. There are hundreds if not thousands of members who have been displaced.

    Active Duty Police officers are needed to assist local officers.

    Officers will be performing law enforcement duties to include, Patrol, Corrections, and Security, standing posts and just about anything in the gambit of law enforcement.

    Officers who can respond to the New Orleans Area are asked to report to the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office who will be responsible for establishing a shelter for law enforcement volunteers.

    Officers who respond should follow the following instructions:

    Officers will need to bypass New Orleans and enter St. Charles Parish via Interstate 55. Officers should report to Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish. All sheriffs
    Last edited by carriedevorah; 09-02-2005, 06:12 PM. Reason: cleaning it up also nick asked only Chuck's name lead

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    HAM RADIO COMMUNICATION WORKED 911- try for New Orleans

    Here is the September 2 posting from DART. DART's postings will allow you
    to quarterback directly with officers down there as DART appears to have
    this chain of communication in place for info to be passed on.

    911, how I aided in keeping our PD out of the streets was having known
    someone who escaped TOWER 2, he gave his wife details who passed them to
    me that way we were actually ahead of news coming in as so much
    communication was lost due to the travesty.

    As it turned out my friend's husband was also a ham radio operator. The
    media and government overlooked their role in aiding with 911
    communication but it is a definite to communicate with ham radio operators
    and provide their details to officers/departments down there.

    Ham Radio operators have the experience of this disaster under their belt and a network in place. But you need to start with one person well connected otherwise communication will be disastrous.

    Also on 911- both in DC and NY, Verizon seemed to have been the network
    that worked. Officers should consider borrowing a cell from that provider
    to take along as a back up phone as cell service is spotty.

    Let me know if someone wants me to ask my friend if he/can he assist with getting ham radio communications going or if he can make recommendations


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