Nongovernmental and Volunteer Organization Preparedness

Manage non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers more effectively

I suggest you...Promote and facilitate the use of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers in response and recovery through the development of a standardized, Type Classified, NIMS Compliant, Volunteer Management Strike Team (VMST). The VMST would provide onsite supervision of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers while performing appropriate accountability and maintaining safety awareness. The VMST would ...more »

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Coordination And Planning Between States

Encourage coordination and planning activities for hospitals in counties who border counties in other states. Many small hospitals are a few miles from statelines and may be closer to hospitals in the bordering state than they are in their own state.

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Empowering Communities

I suggest you make one goal to empower private and public sectors and NGOs by providing training and tools, which will enable them to conduct timely and informative outreach strategies to vulnerable populations, within our nation’s diverse communities, during all phases of emergency management. In collaboration with local, state, and tribal emergency managers, deployment of FEMA’s External Affairs Reservist and Voluntary ...more »

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Churches-Underutilized Preparedness Resources

Many Church buildings have had the Civil Defense Logo attached to the edifices for years. Previous generations in government saw churches as integral to the process of Homeland Security/Civil Defense. Why aren't we utilizing Pastors and church members in specialized training for emergencies? They are the places communities reach out to or go to in times of trouble. Studies show that clergy and churches are seen as "shelter ...more »

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Supporting Funding for Disaster Preparedness

Nongovernmental and Voluntary Organizations need more funds for disaster preparedness efforts, especially funds to hire staff who are fully devoted to disaster preparedness tasks! I have represented my agency at NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meetings since October 2007. A lack of funds for disaster preparedness is absolutely a barrier for the NYC disaster preparedness community. We have lost some ...more »

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Workplace CERT

Develop a business CERT curriculum. Most people spend the better part of their waking hours at work. Beyond the nearly non-existant "fire brigades" or "floor monitors" and empty first aid kits little is being done to prepare people in the business environment for disaster. Just as Teen CERT and Campus CERT have their own curriculum I believe that a new curriculum for the business environment is needed.

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Facilitate Vulnerability Self-Assessments

Develop self-assessment templates to help private businesses and individuals assess their vulnerability to hazards.

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Update "pre-fire" tours to include "pre-hazmat" considerations

Incentivize private industry to invite emergency responders in for hazmat planning and preparedness sessions. Fire departments may conduct "pre-fire" assessments focusing on water supply and other traditional suppression issues, without ever considering the information industry is required to provide to them on Tier II reports. Fire Marshals and other AHJ's may visit businesses to asses code compliance, but sometimes ...more »

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Business Tax Credits for Supplies

Offer businesses a tax credit for providing employees with a few basic supplies (flashlight, food bar, water bottle, bag, information). They could also get credits for BERT programs at their sites.

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Phulse

I suggest that you make community education grants available to local government providers to ensure regional training based on regional response plans.

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ICS Training Scholarships.

I suggest you create a Federally Funded CERT/ICS Training package for college students that can be presented at the local and regional level. This could be presented in a resident four to six week “base camp/boot camp” type environment. Healthy fitness and lifestyle choice messages could also be presented as well as the performance of community service projects planned by the students as ICS managed events. Local response ...more »

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