Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

What are your recommendations for the most appropriate way to collectively assess our capabilities and capability gaps? What portion of national preparedness risk determination should be made at the federal level and how much at the state and local level?

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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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Radiologic monitoring post-attack

The real elephant in the room is radiologic monitoring and sheltering. About a decade ago the US government got out of the radiologic monitoring business on US civilian nuclear battlefields. Since this time 1 hostile country has tested nuclear devices and another which has made repeated threats against the US is nearing that point. Considering the probability of retaliation in kind it would seem likely that such an attack ...more »

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Coherent FEMA Support Process Policy

Coherent FEMA Support Process Policy FEMA needs to quickly develop and approve a coherent across the board policy on NRC, RRCC, JFO support process doctrine as a solid core to allow credentialing and training that reflect the process and doctrine as it does not exist at present. This needs to be done with input from all levels to promote acceptance and use. As FEMA is basically a Multi Agency Coordination Group supporting ...more »

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medical resources

Investigate the resources that are available for medical emergencies from manufacturers of materials that are within a three month expiration that might be utilized in a mass casualty event. Rather than discard these materials they could be used before the expiration and save the manufacturers the cost of discarding them.

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Funding Post-Emergency Response Research

A recent article on Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/30/is-research-into-the-oil-spill-s-impact-skewed.html) describes some of the problems that researchers are having with funding and physical access to begin independent studies of the oil release in the Gulf of Mexico. Any major incident requiring national level emergency response is going to require studies by academics to get a clear understanding of the ...more »

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Using members to provide actionable intelligence from the ground

It would be very beneficial to organize and have members within a certain region responsible for providing (if information is available) information and assessments from their specific area of residence. This can be in the form of an INTSUM (intelligence summary), and/ or a monthly meeting including designated persons within a particular region. This would then be sent up to delegated persons to disseminate and be able ...more »

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Building Resilient Communities Through Education & Grants

ICOR believes that change can be made through education. ICOR (The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience - www.theicor.org) is a non-profit (501c3) international education and credentialing organization. Our mission is to develop resilient communities through education. See our Resilient Community model http://www.theicor.org/rescomm.html which was developed based on the United Nations definition of ...more »

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Federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (FEMAC)

Develop and implement a Federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (FEMAC) to support the National Response Framework based on Emergency Support Functions, including the ability for Federal agencies to request and receive assistance from other agencies. Additionally, the capability for "FEMAC" to link to Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), so state EMAC members to see pending and ongoing Federal support ...more »

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Local plans also needed for agroterrorism, agricultural disasters

Before submitting my 5 cents’ worth to this “National Dialogue on Preparedness,” I performed a content analysis: Among 150 posted ideas, an online word-search resulted in no hits – zero – for the following: agriculture, agricultural, farm, ranch, crops, cattle, and livestock. It didn’t surprise me, either. Many planners in homeland security (HS) and emergency response simply don’t think much, if at all, about agriculture. ...more »

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Task Force for Joint Exercises

I recommend that a committee of personnel be established that will have the responsibility of designing exercises that will test the joint coordination of all agencies, i.e.- military, federal, county, and state, and to ensure that the exercise tests all the response and interagency functions that are required when a real-world event actually happens. This committee does not need to be personnel that are already with ...more »

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Truth is Truth?

There is no Security Management System,=The Emergency Broad Casting System In The United States of America! If You Have, Satellite TV, Dish Net Work, or So Called, Direct TV, or The Inter Net? The Emergency Broad Casting System And Has Never Been A Test Given if there was one! ERRRRRRRRRT , ERRRRRRRRRRRT, ERRORS, There is NO TEST of The Emergency Broad Casting System = NON~ The Sick Facts About The Government That ...more »

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Keep the Children in Mind

- Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties and pediatric survivors

- Pediatricians, especially those with expertise in pediatric emergency medicine and disaster medicine, should be included in planning at every organizational level

- Disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children

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