Our common bond as Legionnaires is honorable service in the U.S. military. We trained as warriors first, then as specialists in whatever field we chose or were assigned. We learned the value of teamwork, discipline, and readiness. We helped each other overcome obstacles and worked hard to make our units, companies, ships, and squadrons the best they could be. We also learned how to survive. We acquired skills in first aid, self-defense, and field survival before going where we were ordered, serving proudly and returning home.
Today, we are still serving America by assisting our fellow veterans, their families, and our communities through the programs of The American Legion in Civil Defense. In an uncertain world where a natural disaster or terrorist attack could occur at any time, Legionnaires should be eager to volunteer their military skills and knowledge to prepare their communities for possible devastation.
As veterans, Legionnaires understand the value of readiness. In every town and city, American Legion posts should be pools of leadership, expertise, and resources. This guide offers the information necessary for your post to become fully involved in local disaster preparedness and response plans.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The American Legion view community safety and service to our country as top priorities for
the American people. In 2006, our organizations came together to sign a Statement of Affiliation, formalizing a shared commitment to raising public
awareness about appropriate actions to take regarding emergency preparedness, disaster response and volunteer service. As part of our continued
collaboration, we have worked together to update the Disaster Preparedness and Response for American Legion Posts Guide to help members of The American Legion work collaboratively alongside their local communities and emergency management teams. The American Legion has played an important role in preparedness, response and recovery operations in recent years. A few examples include local American Legion post sharing information about FEMA’s wireless emergency alert system, opening their doors after a disaster to serve as shelter and recovery centers, providing emergency communications by The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, and educating the public and youth through local training and activities.
FEMA is grateful for the collaborative services provided by American Legion posts around the country. As men and women of service, you have
worked tirelessly every day to ensure the safety and security of the American people. We are honored by those American Legion members whose experience and extraordinary dedication strengthen our efforts to protect our nation from threats and prepare for disasters.
Every day these men and women, who have already sacrificed so much for our nation, are helping achieve our shared mission to build a more
resilient nation. Although many of your members no longer wear a military uniform, you have elected to continue to serve your country by joining the
Civil Defense team, and we thank you for bringing your skills, talents, and experiences to contribute to the success of our shared mission. We salute the many servicemembers and veterans in our partner agencies in federal, state, local and tribal organizations who share our collective goals. We are proud to continue this great partnership to make our nation more resilient.
Department of Mississippi Civil Defense Committee:
Chairman, Larry Stafford, 561E, Church Hill Road, West Point, MS 39773
Robert Turner, 10 Crossover Road, Corinth, MS 38834
Shannon McGuinney, 3383 Attala Road, Ethel, MS 39067
Terry Appleby, 12320 Ashley Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503