Make restoring cell phone service after an incident a high response priority. Data is showing that nearly a majority of Americans use their cell phones as their primary communication device, and that of these, an increasing number no longer have land-line phone service. The first thing many people in our connected society do is call someone when something happens. Then, they call each other and more people. At several... more »
There is no single other thing that to such a great degree can and will improve the preparedness the United States of America for all-hazards, for so many different reasons and often life-saving uses, at such minimal investment of resource, than a robust implementation of the United States National Grid geospatial standard (www.fgdc.gov/usng).
Mark A. Whitney
Adapt the training for nonviolent direct action usually required of all action participants, which is mature and robust (e.g. Rosa Parks had attended such training before she refused to give up her seat on that bus in Birmingham, AL), for various age groups and make it freely available throughout our society. Do not despair of reaching every citizen; any increase in the understanding, awareness and imagination it engenders... more »
Under the National Response Framework, perhaps GIS should be an Emergency Support Function, or at least at a minimum have a support annex dedicated to it. This annex could include specifying the US National Grid as the coordinate system for ground based emergency management as well as tackle numerous other challenging issues like post-event imagery, services oriented architecture, mobile capabilities, and damage assessment.... more »
I suggest you create a “Civic Resilience Corps”, the CRCs, because the current approach to preparedness turns many people off and the avenues for citizen engagement in emergency management processes are not adequate. It is also a way to address our current economic recession/depression, very much like the Civilian Conservation Corps in the past. Citizen Corps, CERT, American Red Cross, Neighborhood Watch, etc. are all... more »
A comprehensive model to train both citizens and emergency, volunteer and risk managers, to work together in disaster response needs to be a national priority. How we as citizens assess our own risk, prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies effects how society emerges as resilient responders rather than victims, and even how we approach the economic redevelopment of our homes, neighborhoods, businesses and... more »
We need to utilize our community centers and schools to educate the general public on emergency preparedness! Utilize community centers for older citizens, and people who do not have children in the school district! Utilize the schools, through the PTAs and PTO's to educate that community. A county liason needs to be available in each county to be able to assist in organize such eductional endeavors. If there is no Liason... more »
Stress individual and family preparedness, rather than government. It's more effective in a deep crisis where government resources are overwhelmed.
Create a unified, web-based, application that involves all DHS enforcement and Emergency Management agencies. This application would allow local & regional citizens, responders and government personnel access to critical emergency information without needing to access numerous websites or data resources. Additionally, give participants the opportunity to sign up for e-mail & text updates for certain agencies or departments... more »
I suggest that when triaging significant numbers of patients at extremely large incidents (sometimes called Mass Casualty Events as opposed to Mass Casualty Incidents), there can be a need for an additional level of triage. Years ago, that was incorporated in some triage plans as a "Yellow Prime" category. The concept was similar to Expectant. Victims whose injuries were so severe that their chances of survival were... more »
I suggest we need to modernize triage training and planning. START has been around now for many years. Studies to validate the system have been inconsistent. With a huge body of material now available on Altered or Crisis Standards of Care and extremely large incidents (sometimes called Mass Casualty Events), it's time to incorporate some of this work into EMS and ED plans.
Dispatch centers and 9-1-1 agencies are not funded properly. 9-1-1 telecommunicators are the first first responders and without them no one would know about an emergency. FEMA does not recognize telecommunicators as a resource. 9-1-1 centers are not eligible for homeland security funding. Design a funding stream like the FEMA Fire Grants. They are not bogged down by online requirements, no passwords to remember... more »
Training that is specifically tailored to agencies with fewer than 20 employees would be beneficial. In the event of a disaster a significant number of agencies and departments would be required to utilize their entire work force to fill the required NIMS positions, leaving no one to actually mitigate the disaster. A large number of fire department or rural fire protection districts are comprised of a hand full of... more »
Make the NIMS a little more user friendly. The documentation should be streamlined to make it easier to use. I believe this would encourage people to use it more often.
Do a huge PR promotion on Prepping ala the old "School House Rock" PSAs or the "Fitness Participaction" PSAs on the Canadian CBC channels.
Show that the government wants us to prep; How to do it correctly; and that it can be fun in a non threatening manner.
Create a McGyver meets Boy Scout character to sell the message.