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 »
Develop and implement a professional career track for emergency planners. Ten years ago in North Carolina, we had one all-hazards plan and one hazard-specific one (hurricanes). Today we still have the one base plan and 15 hazard-specific ones. During this period, EM planning postions dropped from 14 to 9. Other state agencies have increased their preparedness planning, but we do not have a standard planning process. ...more »
Customize disaster planning and response to address the needs of children.
Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties. Disaster plans should include pediatrician input in planning at every organizational level. Federal and local disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children.
Please update FEMA IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness as well as FEMA IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning. So much has been learned since Hurricane Katrina (we hope). Animal Preparedness and response has shifted so much, the curriculum needs an update since 1998! Citizen-corp even added its animal edition to the CERT program. Pet owners don't want to be considered a burden ...more »
I suggest you...I would like to suggest training the USCG Auxiliary to teach disaster preparedness and perform other roles as needed for disaster. They already have security checks, must be US citizens, have special ID, uniforms, understand command structure, are required to understand ICS, and can function as a unit. Just like FEMA's DAE's, they posess a lifetime of experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities and ...more »
I would strongly suggest and support a grant program that would assist the elderly and special needs community with providing disaster preparedness training along with providing them with a disaster kit that suits their needs. This type of training can be conducted in their homes at their request and would help the local communities with identifying those who will require assistance during a disaster.