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.
Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives
Smaller tribal governments (populations less than 5,000) are frustrated with the grant application and management process. Most of them do not have the infrastructure or management experience to successfully apply for, and continually manage many grants in this program. A streamlined grant application/reporting structure for these situations would be warranted. Steven Matles OHST, CHSP, CHEP Deputy Director Indian ...more »
Please provide funding to local EMS providers whether they volunteer with a local agency or through a funded State or Federal Team. Medical, rescue and fire personnel have to pay for alot of their own training along with purchasing of the equipment that they use. It's one thing to be willing to provide our expertise and knowledge when a large scale event occurs, however, to see the MONEY allocated and being spent in beaurocratic ...more »
In funding and when writing policy, consider the different challenges faced by rural and urban states, differences in geography, and state size. Most Homeland Security funding targets population centers (ie. UASI, the formula for HSGP), however, incidents do not necessarily only effect those proximal to the event. It is important to use not only a risk based approach but an impact based approach and think beyond local ...more »
Fire Inspector and former Crash Fire Rescueman, I would like to have training on aircraft emergencies and disasters for the major cities and communities . Train veterans for this duties to inculde medics and ambulances persons. This would be injuction with civil defence and CERT. I would like to do this. I would like to organize this, pay a show up milage and monthly stipen.
Offer funding that is DEDICATED to hiring and maintaining preparedness staff (or modify/expand existing funding). Otherwise, if new initatives are added without removing other projects, great ideas will be lost on an already overtaxed and underpaid staff.
Shift resources from low frequency/high impact events to high frequency/moderate & high impact event prevention & mitigation.
Hijackings are rare, but other crimes and infrastructure failures happen every day.
The use of grant funding for training and backfill needs to be reevaluated. Current federal funding guidelines do not permit for the use of grant dollars to pay for wages for those attending mandated training (such as hazardous materials and/or decontamination training in healthcare facilities) nor will it pay for those that are backfilling the positions left unfilled while others are in training. In today's economy, ...more »
The current funding guidance limits communities in how they can use federal funding. While some level of control is appropriate, we're also forced into unrealistic restrictions on how we can uses these funds. Each community is unique and so are their needs. Response disciplines are also unique and each has different needs. For example, many ESF-8 activities have extremely limited vehicle capabilities and see significant ...more »
FEMA should divert some grant funding to state's human services agencies for planning for vulnerable populations. The already have the relationships and lines of communication with many in these populations. They also have access to many services and providers needed in an emergency - wheel chair transportation, access to nursing facility beds, knowledge of people with behavioral issues/ dementia, etc.
This includes assisted-living, residential care homes, board and cares, adult residential and other special needs facilities. I have put a Disaster Prepardeness Task Force in place in San Diego County to represent such communities...so in the event of an evacuation, they will receive the assistance to relocate from one facility to another - with the collaborative efforts of the local, city and county emergency services. ...more »
Provide an incentive for people to become better prepared. Allow them to have a tax deduction for purchasing emergency supplies or performing retrofit work on their homes.