April 4th, 2008

Disaster Area Response, Accommodations and Jurisdiction

Hello, all! 

I'm working on a story in which catastrophic floods devastate New Orleans yet again. My questions are: 

If the local police stations are flooded out, where and how do the police, Red Cross and National Guard initially establish base camps? Do they commandeer buildings that stand above the flood plane? Set up improvised shelters? Helicopter in prefab dwellings? All of the above? How do such organizations set up base camps, where do they lodge their people, do the organizations often work together in one camp, and how quickly can such camps be established?

I have a friend who worked with the Red Cross after Katrina; at that point, she and her compatriots were housed in a hotel. That was several months afterward, however. What's the first-response method for handling ground accommodations in a large-scale disaster area? 

I also know that Blackwater set up its own military "tent city" away from the other groups. Does the National Guard do the same? Or do they work with the local police in a joint effort? 

In either case, how does juristiction work? Does the National Guard trump the cops, or is it the other way around? 

Thanks!
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Shakespeare quote?

This has been driving me crazy, and I can't think of a good way to google it, either!

I'm trying to find a quote, that I believe was Shakespeare, but I'm not completely certain. It went something along the lines of: it is a balm administered too late. OR it was something like: a reward oft looked for, finally given, but too late. It had something to do with someone getting something they deserved and wanted, but too late for it to do them any good (probably because they were dead).

I googled different combinations of Shakespeare, reward, quote, too late. And I've poked through my anthology of Shakespeare, but since I'm not CERTAIN it was Shakespeare... I've run out of places to look. I almost thought it was from the last scene of Hamlet, but couldn't find anything. Then I thought Romeo and Juliet, but came up empty there as well.

Anyone have any idea what this could be? Or did I just dream it up?
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Drunk person gets arrested, how do the cops deal with it?

I googled police procedure on dealing with drunk people, but only really got stuff on how to actually restrain and arrest said drunk.

For all intents and purposes the setting is modern day Ireland. A man gets drunk in a bar, gets kicked out, wanders the streets mouthing off and generally being disruptive and gets picked up by a policeman. He doesn't have any ID on him, since he's a criminal of sorts but they don't know that. Will they need to take his details? He's not actually assaulted anyone or vandalised anything, so could they just throw him in a cell til morning and let him go when he's sober? Would they let him have a phone call, or just take a number off him and call his 'bailer-outer'?

Another thing, (sorry...) he has a young friend who comes to the police station to pick him up. Would they let him wait in the station all night, or send him back to the hotel? Would he be allowed to see his drunk friend and talk to him? And would they want his ID as well (young friend is also a criminal)?