Individual/Community Preparedness

How do we better ensure individual, family, and community preparedness? How can we build public education campaigns to promote personal and community responsibility?

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Community Awareness and Participation

There are resources in local and remote communities, these resources can be tapped in all level of capability and varieties of skill to assist and lead in case of nature or man made disaster. Community need to be organized, aware, educated, , practice and participated in the events. Community church, minority groups and tribals can participate by reach out to their representatives. Group representative can organize, recruit ...more »

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Increase Social Capital of Vulnerable Populations

SOCIAL CAPITAL Viable support networks and social connections, which are part of the larger theory of social capital, are protective factors that decrease risk and enhance adaptation (Norris et al., 2007). Social capital theory suggests that “the more people connect with each other, the more they will trust each other and the better off they will be individually and collectively, because social capital has a strong collective ...more »

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Hands on Approach to Preparedness Training

A vast majority of the training opportunities is classroom based or online when it comes to preparedness. While it is important to to provide information in that manner we should begin to create a more hands on approach. People tend to learn more by doing than trying to absorb information given to them by a presenter.

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CERT Program Support and Expansion

The CERT program like the older block watrch program really is the heart of civilian community preparedness. This program has been loosing funding over the past few years. Yet it is one of the most effective programs for community preparedness/readiness that we have in todays community. The more support it gets the better prepared our communities are going to be and survive disasters or adverse incidents. The program ...more »

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BISCO Family Emergency Plan

BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) developed a form after witnessing over a thousand evacuees in the shelter we organized who had no way of finding loved ones, knowing what meds they were on and other valuable info. We researched several available forms and developed one we wanted to use for just that instance. Our form is to be completed by each family and all their grown children, parents, grandparents, ...more »

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Support grass-roots preparedness efforts like www.do1thing.us

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 »

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FEMA Community Training Proposal

FEMA or (you choose) should offer a series of post-CERT Program I (Basic) classes to properly train communities to assist limited civil response agencies in a large scale disaster. Below are some ideas for the entire series of classes: CERT Program – I (Basic) Six (6) classes Introduction to disasters Structural and non-structural hazards Impacts on infrastructures Utility control, damage assessment, and hazardous ...more »

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Encourage CERT teams to have Ham Radio operators

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 »

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Increase everyone's awareness of the post disaster brain

Work to increase the coping resources for the population by increasing the population's understanding of what emotions are in the hours, days and weeks after a traumatic experience. The harm from disasters can be maximized by people not understanding the source of their anger/impulsiveness.

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I suggest that you work cooperatively with local emergency service providers on preplanning efforts. Most local fire departments already have a preplanning process in place.

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AM/FM & Community Information Radio Stations

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 »

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Electronic signage to communicate with citizens

Develop best practices for use of electronic signage to inform citizens how to respond to a situation or incident. Signage can range from the lowly highway digital signs to electronic bill boards on highways, to signs in large venues such as stadiums, arenas, malls, schools and universities, and shopping center and pharmacy marquees and so on.

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