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Alameda County Emergency Preparedness: UASI and post-Urban Shield resources

This web page serves as a resource about and for the Alameda County Ad Hoc Committee on UASI (Urban Areas Security Initiative) and emergency preparedness. It is managed by John Lindsay-Poland of American Friends Service Committee's Healing Justice Program, who is also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee, appointed by Supervisor Keith Carson.*

The committee was established by the Board of Supervisors in March 2018 in response to sustained community concerns about Urban Shield, which is funded in part by UASI grants from the Department of Homeland Security, and coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The Board decided that 2018 would be the last year the county would approve Urban Shield, as currently constituted, and asked the Ad Hoc Committee to make recommendations to the Board on the UASI-funded emergency preparedness training and exercise in 2019 and beyond.

The Ad Hoc Committee met 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on the following days:
Friday, Sept. 21, 1221 Oak St., Room 255, Oakland (agenda, audio, and materials here)
Thurs. October 4, 1221 Oak St., Room 255, Oakland (agenda, audio, and materials here)
Friday, October 19, at Fremont Public Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 (agenda, audio, and materials here)
Monday, Nov. 5, Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546
Monday, Nov. 19, Berkeley City Council chambers, 2134 MLK Way, Berkeley (agenda, audio part 1, audio part 2)
Friday, Nov. 30, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland (agenda)
Friday, Dec. 7, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland (agenda)
Friday, Dec. 14, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland (agenda, draft recommendations)
Thursday, Jan. 10, 1:00 - 8:00 pm, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland, 5th floor (agenda)
Monday, Jan. 14, 3:00 - 8:00 pm, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland, 5th floor
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Alameda County Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland
The Ad Hoc Committee ended its initial mandate on January 31, 2019. Its mandate was extended, on February 26, 2019, until February 28, 2020.
Meeting with Sheriff Ahern: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 125 12th St., Oakland

You may write to any and all members of the Ad Hoc Committee:
Erin Armstrong, chair (appointed by Sup. Miley):
John Lindsay-Poland (appointed by Sup. Carson):
Ana-Marie Jones (appointed by Sup. Chan):
Lieutenant Matthew Snelson (appointed by Sup. Haggerty):
Cinthya Muñoz Ramos (appointed by Sup. Valle):

Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Final Report

Unofficial compilation of recommendations approved by Ad Hoc Commmittee

Revised summary report and recommendations, for review by UASI Ad Hoc Committee on January 10, 2019

Agencies participating in Urban Shield: comments and data

Proposals to "end Urban Shield as currently constituted" submitted by John Lindsay-Poland on November 19, 2018

Blog post on second Ad Hoc Committee meeting: The embedded bureaucracy of Urban Shield
While Alameda County funds most of the staffing for the Urban Shield exercise through the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office salaries, the Sheriff’s Office also receives an Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) annual federal grant for $5.5 million, of which $1.7 million supports Urban Shield. On October 4, the Ad Hoc Committee on UASI heard a presentation by Bay Area UASI staff that made clear the bureaucratic obstacles to implementing the Board of Supervisors’ decision to end Urban Shield “as currently constituted” after 2018. Continue reading.

Blog post on first Ad Hoc Committee meeting
Urban Shield and Alameda County’s ‘Ad Hoc Committee’: What is at stake

 Relevant materials, with hyperlinks to documents:

Alameda County Actions on Urban Shield

Letters to UASI Ad Hoc Committee:

Urban Shield is closed to the public. So what does it look like?:

Some press coverage of Urban Shield:
"Alameda County Board of Supervisors Votes for Demilitarized Emergency Training," The Daily Californian, March 14, 2019.
"Alameda County Supervisors approve Urban Shield reforms; sheriff says action will result in loss of $5.5m grant,"
East Bay Citizen, March 12, 2019
"Debate: Emergency preparedness in Alameda County after the end of militarized Urban Shield program," KPFA, March 11, 2019.
"Alameda County leaders reaffirm changes to Urban Shield," East Bay Times, March 13, 21019
"Ad hoc committee approves recommendations to revise controversial Urban Shield program," Daily Cal, Feb. 4, 2019
"Urban Shield's critics successfully push for new recommendations," KTVU, Jan. 31, 2019
"How FEMA Blew Up a Wildlife Refuge 35 Times," Medium, Jan. 27, 2019
"Last Urban Shield in current format is being held this weekend," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 6, 2018
"Urban Shield Practice at Point Included Gunfire," Alameda Sun, Sept. 13, 2018
"Guns Versus Birds at the Point," East Bay Express, Oct. 31, 2018

* This web page is not an official page of the committee or of Supervisor Carson.