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Support Hiring of Local Emergency Management Personnel

Allow for State and local juridictions to use UASI and SHSGP funds to hire emergency managers. Currently, only Intelligence Analysts can be hired and paid through UASI and

SHSGP funds. Emergency Managers can only be hired through EMPG, but that is a much smaller grant that not all jurisdictions receive. In an All-Hazards context, emergency managers are far more important than intelligence analysts, so it would be a great benefit to local EM agencies if they could use UASI and SHSGP funds to hire additional personnel.

Submitted by 4 years ago

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  1. HSPG, in particular, UASI allows for emergency management offices/agencies to hire staff, such as planning staff. However, there is a cap on the eprcentage of the grant that can be used for this. The cap should be lifted to allow for more flexibility.

    4 years ago
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  2. Since all government spending comes out of MY (and your) pockets, I'm reluctant to increase, or create new, expenditures.

    Rather than creating new offices/agencies to dispense information, consider using something that already exists such as local libraries, or the post offices, or the IRS offices? Simply have a single representative/staff member from (DHL/Prep.gov/etc.) based at the library - already the universally recognized source of information - rather than open new offices that no-one will be able to recognize, even IF they can find it. If something is not simple and obvious, the public will miss it. Life is busy enough without complicating it further.

    4 years ago
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  3. My little island city in earthquake country has gone from a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator to no Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for 2 years, to a part-time Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, who is pulled in a dozen ways besides disaster preparedness. Were it not for three or four very dedicated Fire Dept staff we would not have disaster preparedness in our city or any of the citizen volunteer programs that go with it. These folks really need support and funding from all levels of government so that they can piece together a program of planning, training, and preparedness exercises for what we all know is coming.

    Handing out information is cheap and easy. The only cost is the printing. We do that at the library now, not to mention community events, festivals, etc.

    However, the training and the exercises for city staff and voluntary organizations are time consuming and costly. Training and exercises are necessary so that staff and community organizations have practiced their roles together, to reduce the confusion that will always occur in a disaster.

    4 years ago
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  4. After thinking about this further, I realized we already have such an office which is under-utilized, so I started another thread: -Some Questions Already Have Answers...-

    Communications between the Fed agency (DHS, for example) and the local community would be/should be one of the natural functions of the sheriff's office, but with so many other agencies and departments introduced over the years the Sheriff's Office is all-too-often relegated to traffic control and watching the county jail.

    4 years ago
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  5. Too many jurisdictions use funds to give a little stipend to fire cheifs and police chiefs to fulfill the role and often these chiefs do not have enough time to complete all the deliverables. Therefor often only deliverables associated with money get completed and jurisdictions get left unprepared. There is enough work in emergency preparedness to justify full time emergency management directors in jurisdictions. There just needs to be the money to support these positions.

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  6. I agree with this idea espcially with the idea of using public libraries. However, I have very little hope for the government actually doing anything.

    4 years ago
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  7. Long term funding of planning positions in local agencies such as EMA and Public Health are critical to maintaining the preparedness in a community.

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  8. YES! We need more funds for disaster preparedness efforts, especially funds to hire staff!

    I have represented my agency at NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meetings since October 2007. A lack of funds for disaster preparedness is absolutely a barrier for the NYC disaster preparedness community. We have lost some key players who closed their disaster preparedness programs over the past few years due in part to a lack of funding for disaster preparedness. And few NYC voluntary agencies have staff who are fully devoted to disaster preparedness tasks. For most of our agencies, disaster preparedness tasks are assigned to one staff member who is also responsible for a slew of other non-disaster-related activities. Disaster preparedness is a full time job in itself, and when juggling this work with other demands that are typically "more urgent" for the agency, disaster preparedness tasks tend to fall to the background.

    Funds will flow after a major disaster, but disaster response agencies need to be prepared, need to plan, need to collaborate PRIOR to a disaster in order to ensure for a timely, effective, efficient, and compassionate response.

    - Julianne Pannelli, NYC

    4 years ago
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