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1 MOU Department of South Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars SCEMD South Carolina Emergency Management Division SC - VFW Emergency Management Community Service Program and

2 MOU (SC-VFW HQ) Operate an evacuee processing center in the greater Columbia area. Assist in operating an Evacuee Assistance Center. Assist in operating an Evacuee Processing Center in the event of a mass transportation evacuation operation. Participate in and assist in operating a State Emergency Support Function operations facility (ESF #24, Business and Industry). Coordinate with ESF #18, Donated Goods and Volunteer Services, the use of facilities, staff and volunteers of SC-VFW HQ, State VFW Districts and Statewide VFW Posts that agree to participate in emergency relief missions. Provide a generator hookup switch at SC-VFW HQ to facilitate the use of a generator (to be provided as required by the State) SC-VFW HQ will provide use of its facilities, staff, and volunteers to:

3 MOU (SCEMD) Membership for SC-VFW HQ in ESF #24, the State Emergency Support Function for Business and Industry, and ESF # 18, the State Emergency Support Function for Donated Goods and Volunteer Services. Emergency operations training and exercise opportunities for SC-VFW HQ. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for SC-VFW HQ staff and volunteers and assist in coordinating local CERT training for State VFW Districts and Statewide VFW Posts. Advance notification to SC-VFW HQ in anticipation of mass evacuations or any other emergency activations that may necessitate the use of SC-VFW HQ resources to ensure the safety of South Carolina residents and visitors. Coordination, via the State Emergency Operations Center and appropriate State Emergency Support Functions, of resources and expertise for evacuee processing and evacuee assistance operations; and An emergency generator as required for SC-VFW HQ to ensure backup electrical power (after SC-VFW HQ has installed generator hookup switch); SCEMD (The State) will provide:

4 Who is the VFW ? The VFW was founded in 1899 Instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration. Provided funding for the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II, Women in Military and Disable Veterans for Life Service memorials. Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11.3 million hours of volunteerism in the community. Providing $2.5 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there. The VFW is the oldest Veterans Organization

5 VFW Programs Scholarship Programs Voice of Democracy (VOD) - students in grades Patriots Pen - students in grades 7-8 in this essay contest. Scout of the Year - scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding scouts. Educational Outreach Echoes From the Wall Educational Brochures Veterans in the Classroom Youth Activities – JROTC, Baseball, Junior Olympics and Bike Safety.

6 VFW Programs Community Volunteerism Annually, VFW members volunteer more than 11.3 million hours of service to various community programs. Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service - 1 million hours of service annually at VA medical facilities. Troop Support Military Assistance Program (MAP) Emergency Financial Assistance Fund Adopt-a-Unit-More than 1,000 units and ships have been adopted through VFW Posts.. Care Packages VFW Operation UplinkTM-Provided over 11.5 million free connections. VFW Unmet Needs-Since 2004, more than 2,400 grants have been issued totaling more than $3.6 million.

7 VFW Membership Statistics In 2009 there were 22 million Veterans in the US 8.8 million Veterans (40%) are egible for the VFW. 1.5 million Veterans (17%) are members of the VFW.

8 SC - VFW Statistics South Carolina 9 Districts within the State. VFW Posts (87) are located in every county. 17,000 Regular Members. 6,300 Ladies Auxiliary Members. 1,800 Mens Auxiliary Members. 25,100 Total Members

9 Districts 1 – 9 Post number and location. Updated – March Post Charleston (James Island) Post Summerville Post Isle of Palms Post North Charleston Post Ladson Post North Charleston Post St. Stephen Post Beaufort Post Port Royal Post Moncks Corner Post Goose Creek Post Mount Pleasant Post Wadmalaw Island Posts in Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort, and Jasper counties. District 1 Post Columbia Post Sumter Post Columbia Post Newberry Post Saluda Post Leesville Post White Rock Post Ridgeway Post Lexington Post Pelion Post Sumter Post Elgin Posts in Fairfield, Newberry, Saluda, Lexington, Richland, and Sumter counties. District 2 Post Anderson Post Abbeville Post Anderson Post Ware Shoals Post Walhalla Post Greenwood Post Greenwood Post Clemson Posts in Anderson, Abbeville, Greenwood, and McCormick counties. District 3 Post Simpsonville Post Laurens Post Easley Post Laurens Post Clinton Post Newberry Post Greenville Post Piedmont Post Travelers Rest Post Greenville Posts in Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Laurens counties. District 4 Post Rock Hill Post Rock Hill Post Pageland Post Camden Post Chester Post Lancaster Post Hickory Grove Post Clover Post Westville Post Fort Mill Post in York, Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw counties District 5 Post Bishopville Post Florence Post Lake City Post Darlington Post Hartsville Post Florence Post Cheraw Post – Chesterfield Posts in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Lee, and Florence counties. District 6 Post Dillon Post Mullins Post Georgetown Post Kingstree Post Myrtle Beach Post Marion Post Murrells Inlet Post North Myrtle Beach Post Lake Marion Posts in Dillon, Marion, Horry, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown counties. District 7 Post Union Post Gaffney Post Landrum Post Blacksburg Post Union Post Wellford Post Spartanburg Post Spartanburg Post Gaffney Post Chesnee Posts in Cherokee, Spartanburg and, Union counties. District 8 Post Orangeburg Post Aiken Post Wagener Post Eutawville Post Edgefield Post Fairfax Post Orangeburg Post Denmark Post Aiken Post Saint Matthews Post Eutawville Posts in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Edgefield, Hampton, and Orangeburg counties. District 9 Emergency Management ProgramVFW - SC Department of South Carolina

10 Facilities Headquarters - Department of South Carolina VFW 210 Glassmaster Road | Lexington, South Carolina |

11 RDCS During times of disasters, communication is one of the most critical tools needed in the affected areas. As a public service SC-VFW will provide the tools (RDCS units) for wireless broadband communications. The equipment is transportable and self contained with various power options (auto/AC/battery). Which means, once the equipment is on site, communication is up and running in a matter of minutes instead of hours or days. A virtual Hot Spot (WI-FI b/g/n) provides a Wireless LAN and broadband cellular provides the Wireless WAN. (4 Ethernet ports are standard). Up to 20 computers can be linked to the equipment within a radius of 1 to 5 miles. Need additional bandwidth for Video or VOIP? Pop in another USB modem (upto 3) for 2x or 3x bandwidth. Data communication is essential for managing the resources that are needed in a disaster. We have 4 units available if needed. Rapid Deployment Communication System

12 Network Diagram

13 Processing Centers Some images are from the FEMA Photo Library Helping the Communities We Serve! The VFW understands the meaning of giving back to the community. By providing volunteers, shelters, lodging, food and the communication tools that are critical during disasters; expediting the help they so badly need.

14 Our Partnership Our goals are the same. This partnership is exactly what the VFW stands for. With a legacy built on service and community, the VFWs mandate of service, Honors the dead by helping the living.

15 Boots on the ground Our objective was to provide an overview about the SC-VFW and how we can contribute to the MOU with SCEMD. If you leave this presentation with a better understanding, our objective has been achieved. Department of South Carolina - Veterans of Foreign Wars Emergency Management / Community Service Program John Marker, Program Chairman for viewing our presentation. SCEMD South Carolina Emergency Management Division Department of South Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars and QR -Codes

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