The mayor, along with making a jurisdictional-territorial battle out of this, channeling Nero while "Rome" burned, instead of doing his job, violated Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5 through 8, first directed by "W" after 9/11, that define the coordination and implementation of all-hazards preparedness in the US, to respond to major disasters, and emergencies.
He also totally ignored all dictates of the NIMS 402 Incident Command System protocols for executives and senior officials that coordinate authorities in disasters like this.
There was a complete lack of a coordinated Incident Action Plan that the responder's leaders consider crucial, which led to a breakdown in communications at critical locations.
There was a total resistance to the ubiquitous "mutual aid" agreements which ALL municipal emergency responders have to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries.
After Action Report
page 11: 23June:
Colorado Springs EOC active by 12:30. (The fire already WAY out of control) So... at this point, the time he wasted the day before is haunting the responders and risking lives and property.
page 53: Communications.
No ISC 205 Form Plan. (How are they going talk to everyone?)
This was a crucial failure on 9/11 and the lessons should have been learned then. The cell phone technology totally let them down.
page 59, Item 2.6....
"I am working on task books right now!"
Page 70: Logistics.......issues.....
"could not meet the needs of their people working"
Page 75.... "not enough people"
This addresses the ideological portion of the failure: neocons and teabaggers cutting funding for public services because they want to pirate-tize every service we pay our taxes for.
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