General Preparedness

Funding Streams

It is unreasonable to assume that the myriad of agencies within a region will effectively work together when each agency has its own and sometimes multiple funding streams, and each funding stream has its own set of extensive requirements. The Federal Government needs to evaluate a funding stream that creates an incentive for all actors in a region to work collaboratively instead of operating like silos. "A row of silos doesn't make a barn."


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  1. Comment
    Daniel Simpson

    Agree. After 9/11, I was proud to see all disciplines come together - from within their silos - and begin real dialogue on community-wide preparedness. Now that funding streams are shrinking, I've noticed that some disciplies are retreating back into their silos. This time those silos are being built with re-inforced concrete. There must be incentives / requirements / expectations that all disciplines work together. Allowing states and communities to police themselves on this issue may not be the best strategy.

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    Two Cents

    Agree. The goal is to connect the silos not to tear them down. Once a few are connected others will follow. Collaborative processes must connect them. Start with collaborative grants.

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    Peter Grandgeorge

    I have seen some positive federal collaboration between CDC, HPP/HRSA and DHS programs but not enough. The federal house has not been in order since 9/11.

    For those working with DOT hazardous materials grants, how long did it take to allow common exercises that allowed hazmat responders to meet objectives for DHS and DOT funding sources? I recall it taking six years.

    As was cited above, more agencies are shrinking back into silos. Aligned policy directives at the national-level will help cement collaboration at the local-level. I've seen emergency managers and police personnel staffing public health commands in the 2009 pandemic. I've also seen public health satff assisting in EOCs during blizzards. Cross-training, common objectives and a desire to work together act as multipliers when communities face crisis.