Educate citizens on basic preparedness tips like packing a kit and having a home inventory and private documents secured.
The CERT curriculum is an excellent start for developing community response; there needs to be a nationally-recognized, modular set of curricula for ongoing education and skill development of CERT members.
Add “Weapons for Personal Protection” to Emergency Preparedness lists. In regards to active shooter/terrorist actions, It has been demonstrated (repeatedly) that the best-case scenario is intervention by an armed citizen on the scene. The Police cannot prevent mass killings. That is the un-debatable fact of history. Even a 2 minute response is considered fast, yet over 30 people died at Virginia Tech. plus many other ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I suggest you...increase preparedness among primary care providers that serve in practice sizes between 1 and 5 docs. Encourage the development of focus groups among this community and determine what resources they may require to mitigate and plan for a disaster or what support role they may play when their practices will be shuttered because they are shuttered. Supporting this group is essential to increasing community ...more »
Much of CC's appeal is political but not evidence-based. Predesignated and trained volunteers are important and can be a critical asset in every phase of emergency management, but do we have realistic expectations, and are the resources allocated to CC paying off relative to other programs?
This includes assisted-living, residential care homes, board and cares, adult residential and other special needs facilities. I have put a Disaster Prepardeness Task Force in place in San Diego County to represent such communities...so in the event of an evacuation, they will receive the assistance to relocate from one facility to another - with the collaborative efforts of the local, city and county emergency services. ...more »
Support existing grass-roots preparedness programs like www.do1thing.us In Lansing, MI, a group of emergency managers created a citizen preparedness program with the intent of encouraging people to move from good intentions to taking actual action. Several studies had shown that most people were aware of the need to prepare, but few people took the first steps. One key reason for this is that the task of becoming prepared ...more »
The fragility of the internet and methods of reaching it must be kept in mind. During a true emergency, PCs and even laptops and iPhones are vulnerable and will fail. AM & FM radio are the answer. They are robust and battery-operated receivers are cheap and reliable. Commercial stations augmented by low-powered community TIS-type stations are the answer. In our town, a reliable 10-watt station provides 24-hour NOAA ...more »