Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Which disaster, emergency, and national preparedness policies and guidance need to be updated? How could DHS and FEMA best implement changes to those items? Are there current examples of policies that have substantially enhanced preparedness over others?

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US National Grid Essential to Spatial Response Coordination

I suggest you give attention to the importance of spatial interoperability to the conduct of emergency response operations. No attention is being paid to how spatial orientation should be maintained in responding to an incident, particularly if an injury or similar localized event occurs and rapid response/evacuation is necessary. Maps provide graphic pictures of incident areas but are completely useless for precisely ...more »

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Collapsing buildings and safe triangles instead of "duck and cover" approach

what about teaching people in the event of a earthquake, bombing or buiding collapse, instead of duck and cover, I read recently that there is a TRIANGLE of safe space created next to any object where a person can lie flat - prior to reading that article or watching that video (I can't remember the source) I did not realize that it was even a possibility. the information came from a man who studied collapsing buildings ...more »

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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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Require all goverment agencies and critical infrastructure to have EMP protection and response plans.

Require all governmental agencies and other critical infrastructure to develop and implement EMP protection and recovery plans in the event of an EMP event, man made or natural. That can include mitigation by using purchases of replacement parts that are sensitive to EMP and placing in appropriate harden locations, mandating future purchases include EMP protection be standard and other steps.

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All LEO, Fire and EMS should be required to undergo tactical 1st aid/tactical medical care!

Require that all LEOs, EMS and FD personnel undergo tactical 1st aid/medical care training. The idea being that after an active shooter scenario, there will be more qualified personnel to treat the wounded. Another benefit is that the EMS/FD will have better training and skills to deal with such scenarios or other involving active attacks and the training that all of the personnel recieves will be shared. Furthermore, ...more »

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Natural and Environmental Hazard Disclosure Law

California has aggressive laws requiring disclosure of known natural hazards, and I believe there should be similar laws across the country. If you don't know what the particular hazards are in your immediate area, how can you prepare for them? I live in Washington State, in the foothills of what is considered one of the most dangerous volcano's in the world. When I bought my house, there was no disclosure about the volcano ...more »

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Redefining NIMS for Higher Education

I suggest you...redefine the NIMS requirements for higher education. The current NIMS training is a field level focus on how ICS operates. Many institutions, especially those that do not have their own public safety, need training on ICS that focuses on the relationship between an institution's emergency operations center and the field responders. Promote NIMS training that targets the ICS/EOC interface and establishing ...more »

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No Drastic Changes and Know Your Customers

Please appreciate the fact that homeland security is still a new discipline and that it takes time understand and incorporate National preparedness doctrine into State and local planning and preparedness efforts. To that end, focus on updating the existing doctrine as opposed to recreating it. For example, there are some good National preparedness elements (e.g. Prevent/Protect/Respond/Recover mission areas), some things ...more »

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Mandatory Co Involvement w City Emergency Mngt

I'd suggest that voluntary participation is not sufficient. The response is limited not only by those who have legitimate deficits in financing or expertise, but also by those who believe it's too much effort since "something like that has never happened here before". Argh! Somewhere along the way I picked up a saying that people don’t want the burden of rules and regulations until something bad happens. Only then do ...more »

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Include Solar Storm and EMP risks in all-hazards planning

Include the hazards "Solar Storm" and "Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)" in all-hazards planning and mitigation at all levels of government. Solar storms and EMP's have the ability to knock the United States back 200 years in time by severely disabling electrical and electronic systems. The current population of the U.S. cannot be sustained and estimates that casualties may be up to 90%. Critical infrastructure that relies ...more »

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