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THE AMERICAN CATASTROPHE
BILL OF RIGHTS

by Kathryn Joanne Dixon

THE AMERICAN CATASTROPHE BILL OF RIGHTS

WHEREAS, these are the days of global terrorism and global natural and man-made catastrophes, and whereas these are the days that try human souls such that the original United States Bill of Rights and its Amendments, cannot survive without the American catastrophe bill of rights,

IT IS RESOLVED by we the people of the Americas that the following clauses shall be added to the Constitution of the United States so as to ensure human dignity for all persons and to extend public confidence in the government and ensure that the government serves the needs of its citizens. 

1.  As soon as the United States government, the states or local entities discover that any group of citizens is going to be subjected to a potential catastrophe of any kind, these citizens shall be notified immediately of the nature of the catastrophe, the time of its onset, how to protect oneself from it by medications and/or types of shelter or devices, and whether the citizens should evacuate an area and when they should do so.  The citizens shall be notified by television, radio, Internet, newspapers and by loud sirens and public announcements which shall be emitted at government firehouses and by public announcement systems and which shall continue to be heard in the city until evacuation occurs.

2.  Every person has the right to know  immediately  the names of the cities and the names and locations of specific shelters to go to in event of an evacuation and shall be given that information in writing.  A person has the right to obtain his own shelter at his own expense.

3.  Every person has the right to know the name of the person(s) in charge of any shelter to which he is assigned and the name of the program running that shelter.  Every person has the right to clean food, water, sanitation and safety at that shelter.  Every person can leave that shelter at any time.  If there are not enough shelters available or if the shelter cannot provide clean food, water, sanitation and safety, the United States shall immediately airlift those sheltered individuals to other shelters in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

4.  Every person has the right to know the names, locations and telephone numbers of transportation agencies which are available for citizens to use should they not have money to pay to evacuate.  No citizens need present proof he cannot pay in order to use this evacuation transportation.

5.  If a person is unable to evacuate from a city by himself, he/she is entitled to be picked up by the local agency, state or U.S. government and removed from the area to a shelter. The government shall have lists of hospitals, nursing homes and all facilities and homes which contain persons who are unable to evacuate and shall immediately seek out those persons and evacuate them.  Any individual can put his/her name on the list. All hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities should be evacuated immediately.

6. Every person has the equal right to obtain medications and protective devices as soon as the government determines these are needed and to obtain them without charge.  If there are not enough medications and protective devices, the United States shall make immediate arrangements to obtain them in the international market and distribute them.  No citizen need present proof he cannot pay in order to obtain such medications or devices. 

7. Every person has the right to obtain immediately from the U.S. government an identification tag to wear around his/her wrist or ankle which contains his/her name, and to which the person can add the names of any medical conditions or diseases or information he/she considers relevant.  Wearing this identification in times of a catastrophe is totally voluntary.

8.  Every person has the right to receive at the shelters his/her mail, and access to newspapers, television and radios in order to keep informed.  Every person, including first responders and aide workers have the right to complain, file suit and engage in whistle blowing without retaliation by the local, state or federal government.

9.  Every person has the right to be relocated after the catastrophe to his/her original home and neighborhood if it exists or can be reconstructed by the government and has the right to one year of unemployment benefits and free rent until he/she finds employment.  If a person loses his/her home and property, the government shall promptly reimburse him/her for its reasonable value.  If a person chooses to be relocated elsewhere, he/she can select the city where he/she chooses to live and a place to live comparable to the one he/she lost and shall receive the same benefits named above. 

10. The Constitution and Bill of Rights and all Amendments shall not be abridged by the above-named rights and shall be in full force and effect.  At any time, a person can file, without charge, a complaint at any state or federal court to enforce the American Catastrophe Bill of Rights and also to ensure his/her rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  

Kathryn Joanne Dixon © 9/6/05