General Preparedness

Better training for EOC functions

ICS doctrine has a problem with using standard ICS in EOCs, and AHIMT classes have no meaningful content on EOC integration (and the one FEMA class on ICS/EOC integration does not add much). The Planning function in and EOC may have the same purpose as that at an incident, but the practice is very different; ditto Logs and Ops (or what functions under "Ops" in an EOC: prioritizing resource allocation for field incidents).... more »

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Individual/Community Preparedness

Publish Action-based Templates

Create and publish templates for personal and organizational preparedness, response, recovery,and mitigation. There is currently no central source that can be accessed which guides a person through the process of identifying the scope of what needs to be done for their family, their business, their neighborhood, their community, etc. Laypeople who are assigned/assume emergency management responsibilities at work, at... more »

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General Preparedness

Let's get back to common sense community civil defense

My father was a WWII survivor of three South Pacifice Island invasions. He consistently taught me to never underestimate the ability of man to treat each other in ways unimaginable. As an Eagle scout and later Explorer Scout I was a member of our county civil defense program. Seems like our nation should always have some degree of public education and awareness of civil defense in case of nuclear war, EMP, chemical... more »

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General Preparedness

Utilize the NVOAD and the State VOADs more effectively

Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD) are written into the National and State Emergency Plans in various ESFs. A more proactive stance from the governmental side should produce a better prepared partner. Training, preparedness funding, reimbursement of disaster related expenditures, networking, and inclusiveness may be good places to start.

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General Preparedness

Preparedness Parties

Support CERT and MRC volunteers with supplies and educational materials so that they can host "preparedness parties" educating their friends and neighbors on preparedness and work to build community resiliency with these sessions.

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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Mass Fatality Management

As Co-Chairman of the DHS Mass Fatality Management Subcouncil of the Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, I strongly suggest that the federal government establish a mass fatality management plan for all man-made and natural disasters. The Plan would include all the appropriate resources of the federal, state, local, tribal and private sector and how and when those resources will be applied. The dignified recovery,... more »

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Individual/Community Preparedness

Encourage CERT teams to have Ham Radio operators

Encourage CERT members to become Amateur Radio ("Ham") Operators. This will enable CERT teams in neighborhoods to communicate with the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and provide local status updates regarding damage assessments, casualties, triage locations, etc. This would also allow CERT Incident Commanders to request assistance from other CERT teams in non-affected areas. This is occurring naturally in... more »

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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Include Solar Storm and EMP risks in all-hazards planning

Include the hazards "Solar Storm" and "Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)" in all-hazards planning and mitigation at all levels of government. Solar storms and EMP's have the ability to knock the United States back 200 years in time by severely disabling electrical and electronic systems. The current population of the U.S. cannot be sustained and estimates that casualties may be up to 90%. Critical infrastructure that relies... more »

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Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives

Mass Medical transport

Evacuation of walking and non walking wounded from all types of disasters. In our state and most other states the EMS services are under funded and struggling to take care of thier existing daily emergencies. In disaster situations these resources are stretched even further. Assistance from out of state agencies has been addressed, drilled and organized. The problem as I see it is we need additional resources (vehicles-evacuation... more »

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Individual/Community Preparedness

Personal Responsibilty Rewarded

I would suggest a tax cut to citizens that have a personal preparedness plan. Too many citizens rely on their government at all levels to provide for their resiliency. Citizens need to build their own resiliency capabilities. The savings to the tax payer should be studied based on how much of a response is necessary if citizens have their own resiliency/preparedness plans thus reducing the capability needed by government.... more »

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Nongovernmental and Volunteer Organization Preparedness

Manage non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers more effectively

I suggest you...Promote and facilitate the use of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers in response and recovery through the development of a standardized, Type Classified, NIMS Compliant, Volunteer Management Strike Team (VMST). The VMST would provide onsite supervision of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers while performing appropriate accountability and maintaining safety awareness. The VMST would... more »

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General Preparedness

Medication preparedness option- Medicare and Medicaid

allow individuals in Medicare plans and Medicaid to obtain a 30 day supply of needed medications for preparedness purposes - at least once an emergency declaration has been issued. This will alleviate the medical needs that invariably occur in the first day/week(s) after a disaster has occured. This would leeson the negative health & financial impacts that "early refill" penalties impose on those who are trying to be... more »

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Individual/Community Preparedness

Revise FEMA's IS-22 Are You Ready? course (last updated in 2004)

The FEMA "IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" should be revised and updated. The course was last revised in August 2004 - before the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and well before the explosive growth of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum revision should involve representation from communities across the nation, including people who have been using the curriculum to provide... more »

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General Preparedness

FEMA "Make a Kit" iPhone App

Create an iPhone app that assists the public in creating kits by:

* Helping them decide how many kits they need (home, car, work, etc.)

* Helping them decide what should go in each kit.

* Helping them shop for kit packages / items.

* Helping them keep track of what they have already purchased or assembled

* Helping them maintain the kit (replace water, etc.)

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