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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Support Hiring of Local Emergency Management Personnel

Allow for State and local juridictions to use UASI and SHSGP funds to hire emergency managers. Currently, only Intelligence Analysts can be hired and paid through UASI and SHSGP funds. Emergency Managers can only be hired through EMPG, but that is a much smaller grant that not all jurisdictions receive. In an All-Hazards context, emergency managers are far more important than intelligence analysts, so it would be a great ...more »

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Technology Innovation

Create an easier way for for-profit technology companies to directly engage with DHS and FEMA to participate in early adoption and R&D efforts - this will foster greater investment, competition and ultimately better solutions in the marketplace.

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Multi-Year Grant Funding and Cloud-based Solutions

Ability for UASI and other grants to fund technology projects beyond just the grant year allowing for off-premise, cloud-based or other SaaS-type offerings. Currently most customers want to buy premise-based solutions with large, upfront costs because they fear their grants will run out and they can not afford long-term, lower monthly fees. This puts an undue burden on customers to purchase hardware, maintenance, IT ...more »

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Prep, Employ, Modify and start again.

Establish teams to deploy and engage the locals in required learning. Current practice of acquiring "Awareness Courses on line" is convenient for some, but difficult for others. General preparedness starts with the locals, the method for reaching that goal has to remain a combination of education and experience. Determining the capabilities and providing assessments should be done more like the military accomplishes ...more »

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Understanding Risk and Vulnerabilities is Critical

It seems so often that we fail to complete a comprehensive community all hazard risk assessment, that includes the nature, vulnerabilities, probability, consequences, and severity. Agencies complain that it is too hard; if they would leverage existing data and institutional knowledge, it is do-able. I have seen it provide an incredibly solid footing to begin designing and implementing mitigation strategies.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLEGENCE CARDS

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLEGENCE CARDS I suggest we use our resource in combating terrorism in this country more efficiently. Let us take a look at the numbers. Our biggest membership in this country is our law enforcement personnel. The number surmounts even that of our military. Our law enforcement personnel are our greatest resource and our country’s front line of defense while our hero soldiers are battling terrorism ...more »

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ICS For Weather Hazards

Whereas tornadoes seem to get every body's attention, and whereas, there is at least an occasional threat of a tornado in many places around the country, and whereas the actions of public safety and individuals before and then rarely after an actual tornado are so very similar to what should happen for most threats and actual hazards. Therefore let it be resolved that all jurisdictions and all of their agencies and all ...more »

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Assessing Capability and Gap Analysis - Institutionalizing the Processes

•How do we collectively assess our capabilities and gaps? Create a national system with a specific "non-share percentage" gap analysis grant managed by the state EM agency that measures gaps and holds all stakeholders accountable to filling those gaps. The program would start off by leveraging the updated 3-year HIRA data produced by the states and locals. Using a three year cycle, the state would hold X number of ...more »

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