General Preparedness

Utilize what is availble to educate citizens

We need to utilize our community centers and schools to educate the general public on emergency preparedness! Utilize community centers for older citizens, and people who do not have children in the school district! Utilize the schools, through the PTAs and PTO's to educate that community. A county liason needs to be available in each county to be able to assist in organize such eductional endeavors. If there is no Liason... more »

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Private Sector Preparedness

MEDICAL FACILITY PREPAREDNESS

In this the anniversary of Katrina/Rita, the need for coordinated planning and response guidelines that are universal for medical facilities is more important than ever before. The medical community gets input from HHS, DHS, FEMA, OSHA, CMS, Joint Commission, ISO, and many others on what is the "best practice" but as of yet there has been NO definitive single authority from which all others take direction. It is time... more »

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General Preparedness

Unified information resource

Create a unified, web-based, application that involves all DHS enforcement and Emergency Management agencies. This application would allow local & regional citizens, responders and government personnel access to critical emergency information without needing to access numerous websites or data resources. Additionally, give participants the opportunity to sign up for e-mail & text updates for certain agencies or departments... more »

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General Preparedness

Additional Triage Category

I suggest that when triaging significant numbers of patients at extremely large incidents (sometimes called Mass Casualty Events as opposed to Mass Casualty Incidents), there can be a need for an additional level of triage. Years ago, that was incorporated in some triage plans as a "Yellow Prime" category. The concept was similar to Expectant. Victims whose injuries were so severe that their chances of survival were... more »

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Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

Crisis Management Systems must be affordable, useable, scalable and championed at the regional level.

There are probably thousands of jurisdictions in the USA that have no access to Crisis Information Management Systems (CIMS) due to excessive software and I.T. support labor costs. Even those with access to CIMS commonly don’t use them due to the application’s difficulty of use and/or a lack of cohesive training programs. Counties or States should maintain a CIMS which is available to all first responder organizations... more »

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General Preparedness

Triage Planning & Training

I suggest we need to modernize triage training and planning. START has been around now for many years. Studies to validate the system have been inconsistent. With a huge body of material now available on Altered or Crisis Standards of Care and extremely large incidents (sometimes called Mass Casualty Events), it's time to incorporate some of this work into EMS and ED plans.

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General Preparedness

Dispatch Funding

Dispatch centers and 9-1-1 agencies are not funded properly. 9-1-1 telecommunicators are the first first responders and without them no one would know about an emergency. FEMA does not recognize telecommunicators as a resource. 9-1-1 centers are not eligible for homeland security funding. Design a funding stream like the FEMA Fire Grants. They are not bogged down by online requirements, no passwords to remember... more »

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General Preparedness

Realistic/Practical Application of NIMS for Small Agencies and Departments

Training that is specifically tailored to agencies with fewer than 20 employees would be beneficial. In the event of a disaster a significant number of agencies and departments would be required to utilize their entire work force to fill the required NIMS positions, leaving no one to actually mitigate the disaster. A large number of fire department or rural fire protection districts are comprised of a hand full of... more »

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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Make DHS Funding All Hazard

We have spent the almost a decade trying to decide how to spend billions of dollars on how to mitigate (prevent) terrorism. We need DHS and FEMA to clearly outline the future of how we can become a truly sustainable country from both natural and human-caused threats. Take programs like the UASI or Regional Catastrophic and make these all hazard regional resources. What are we vulnerable too...

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General Preparedness

Promote prepping via cartoon PSA

Do a huge PR promotion on Prepping ala the old "School House Rock" PSAs or the "Fitness Participaction" PSAs on the Canadian CBC channels.

 

Show that the government wants us to prep; How to do it correctly; and that it can be fun in a non threatening manner.

 

Create a McGyver meets Boy Scout character to sell the message.

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General Preparedness

Open the door

Create a means for private companies and people who have something that can provide critical support to a disaster or emergency a way to expeditiously provide said support. There is to much red tape in the way currently and we should strive to provide the best response to disasters from the various levels of government, response agencies, and private businesses and people. If a company or citizen has something that... more »

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General Preparedness

SSN protection by Federal Government

I suggest that the federal government take charge of identity theft technology. Identity theft is a major contributor to the economic loss of power by our citizens and businesses. As it stand right now identity theft protection can only be purchased through private vendors. The federal government gave us our identity through our SSN, they have the computer wherewithal l to monitor all of our transactions and our taxes.... more »

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