I wanted to create a followup post to the original given that:
1. FEMA did suggest we take pictures of dams
2. The dam situation was getting a bit interesting there for a while!
With that in mind, are we involved at all with any aerial photography for the dam during this incident, and/or did we ever take the time to take pictures of the dam in advance?
I'll post further thoughts on Tuesday, but I ended up in the middle of nowhere with a REALLY slow internet link.
As a dam professional (engineering geologist) working for the federal government in a Safety of Dams program, the problem is, among my colleagues, is that CAP expertise and relative low costs (especially when considering paying for a NG blackhawk), is that the dam professionals are unaware of CAP's capability, and frankly, applicability. I was shocked when I got the bill for flights I ordered through FEMA for Hurricane Matthew. Let me define shocked = where I thought I was looking at tens of thousands of dollars per sortie, it was a couple of hundred dollars and that in some cases was also shared by other agencies.
The PROBLEM: CAP and CAP USAF does not do a good job in marketing the assets of skills that CAP brings to the playing field during emergencies. When I looked at some of the aerial photography from Oroville, I immediately saw issues where I could have gotten contractors to start mitigating problems and start planning strategies for saving the dam. CAP and CAP USAF should be actively marketing emergency management agencies and contacting various trade organizations such as the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (in the case) and other areas such as fire management, emergency management, etc, and speaking during their collective annual and/or quarterly meetings.
This is my professional opinion...CAP is an under utilized resource.