General Preparedness

AM & FM Radio Stations as a Preparedness Tool

While the Emergency Alert System is in place to provide warning of an imminent threat and for follow up during an emergency, radio chould play a more significant preparedness role. It's portability, pervasiveness, the the fact that it can be listened to my millions simultaneously without degrading the speed of delivery (unlike the Internet), make it an overlooked resource for preparedness. A system, perhaps modeled ...more »

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Stimulate a Community Grassroots Education Effort

I suggest that government and large corporations offer grant funding to local organizations that would stimulate a grassroots response to community disaster education and resilience. This initiative would focus on recruiting volunteers (retired, self-employed, etc.) to teach community disaster education and disaster resilience through the churches and other faith-based organizations, schools, and civic organizations in ...more »

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General Aviation Pilots Flying Disaster Response & Recovery Missions

There is an untapped source of manpower and equipment that has never been organized and used. There are over 632,649 pilots and 376,985 General Aviation (private) airplanes in the US and D.C. Some States can brag they have an aviation unit at the State level, such as an "Air Operations Branch", but nothing beneath it to control. To my knowledge, it has never been tried before to organize General Aviation pilots to ...more »

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Eductional Institutions

Whatever work is being done, whether at the local, state, or federal level, it must include educational institutions as an participant. Often, educational institutions have tremendous resource pools that will assist with all areas of preparing for, responding too, and recovering from incidents and will posses some of greatest risk potentials. Nation-wide, there is a push to incorporate private sector assistance ...more »

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Resource Typing and Credential to support Inter and Intra State Mutual Aid

Support inter- and intra-state mutual aid by assisting states/regions/local communities with funding and technical assistance to type resources and credential personnel in responder disciplines (all appropriate for response; not just governmental). Work towards an interactive resource information and request system to shorten and sustain response to a disaster or catastrophic event. Strive to align the EMAC Mission Packages ...more »

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HSEEP

As a member of the emergency management arena for over 25 years, I have just one suggestion. Get rid of the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program. It is the epitome of bureaucracy. It may work well for very large urban areas with large staff, but it certainly does not work well in the smaller communities where staff is limited. It does nothing to help a community prepare for disasters, but it does create a huge ...more »

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Support ALL levels of Incident Management Teams

Provide funding, oversight and guidance for all levels of incident management teams. Develop a national system of training and certification for Types I, II, and III teams. Smaller Type III incidents may cross state boundaries, but because certifications are set up by each state, other states don't have to honor them, complicating the response. It could also make the transition from Type III to Type II more efficient. ...more »

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Key Principles of Effective National Preparedness Planning

Key Principles of Effective National Preparedness Planning "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln (1) Assessment of the entire range of threats – both acute and easily ...more »

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Require interoperable radio policies

Require agencies that have access to interoperable radio systems to include their use in their written policies. I work as a police/fire dispatcher for a local agency in Colorado. I'm a big fan of our radio system. The mutual aid channels are set up well and easy to understand. Working in the Denver metro area, I have the ability to communicate with any agency in the state. The big problem is that we have the technology, ...more »

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We should have an active nuclear civil defense program

As our nation unilaterally disarms, and faces a terrorist nuclear threat, we should at least have an active nuclear civil defense program. Consider what the Russians are doing: http://rt.com/prime-time/2010-07-12/moscow-bomb-shelters-outskirts.html/print Moscow arms against nuclear attack 12 July, 2010, 21:42 Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential ...more »

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