There should be a bottom-up effort that compliments the large policy and dialogue-driven work FEMA is doing. I think grants should be available that allow local communities to prepare. For example, a grant could be used by faith-based organizations to purchase and store supplies and temporary shelter for their parishioners. Cities could use grant money to subsidize emergency kit distribution to low-income families. Local neighborhood associations could use grant money to set up block-by-block plans, which would include identifying key skill sets and locating and storing important shared resources (like temporary shelters, food and water).
Idea No. 201