General Preparedness

FEMA - State or Local Liason for Closeout

I would suggest establishing a liason of experienced EM/FEMA personnel to work between State, Local, and Regions of FEMA, especially in closeout functions of long term recovery offices. This could be effective also by the use of a qualified contractor for advisory personnel. Inexperienced Long Term CORE employees have taken the stand of accountants and final authorities in de-obligation of funding Project Worksheets. ...more »

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Ojai Valley OK! Drill - Take a look and join us...

Take a serious look at what The Ojai Valley is doing with our grass-roots, bottom-up, annual Emergency Preparedness & Communications Exercise -- Ojai OK! Drill. Our main web-site is http://okdrill.org. The next Annual drill is Wednesday, Sept 15th at 7PM PT and this year we're working on simultaneous exercises throughout Ventura County that have aggregate counts communicated via Ham Radio back to Ojai EOC. This dynamic ...more »

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Knowledge is preparedness applied

It appears that knowledge of preparedness programs that are available to the public as a whole is lacking due to the fact that they are neither covered well enough by the media,nor are they covered often enough, as well as being promoted by various community services impactfully enough. Knowledge helps in becoming better prepared... Let's create a well informed public together...Let's be part of the defining mitigating ...more »

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Knowledge is preparedness applied........

It appears that knowledge of preparedness programs that are available to the public as a whole is lacking due to the fact that they are neither covered well enough by the media,nor are they covered often enough, as well as being promoted by various community services impactfully enough. Knowledge helps in becoming better prepared... Let's create a well informed public together...Let's be part of the defining mitigating ...more »

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At home general medical supplies

I suggest you encourage people to get things on hand at home for treating medical problems such as bandaids and bandages, elastic bandages for sprains, eye and ear drops, Monostat for yeast infections in women, diarrhea and upset stomach medication, pain medication, Vicks Vaporub for chest congestion (also works for hemorroids and and itching skin) original Listerine for mouth infections(also works well for skin infections) ...more »

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Make it personal!

We are battling complacency and denial and they are strong forces. We have to come up with novel ways to reach the public and get them to invest in resiliency - emotionally and financially. There needs to be a path that eases them in and builds along the way. Incentives may be needed initially, but eventually, people will get it and it won't be necessary. My suggestion is to do PSA's that highlight stories of real people ...more »

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If we just......

After receiving a Concurrent Resolution for the help of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees I found out a lot of issues associated with relief efforts. There is no perfect world, however consistency is important! I believe that the easy part is assessing their needs. The hardest was placement and or getting the services needed. Many had bad credit and or backgrounds that prohibited them from finding adequate housing or jobs. For ...more »

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ICS

I am currently working the BP oil disaster. I am also an ICS instructor. There is still differences between FEMA / EMI ICS and the U.S. Coast Guard system. We keep telling students that it is a system for all to use but we have differences between responders and others. Case in point; here at the spill when you want to order something you are told to fill out a 214 (general message in ICS and order form in Coast Guard ...more »

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Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

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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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

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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Encourage CERT teams to have Ham Radio operators

Encourage CERT members to become Amateur Radio ("Ham") Operators. This will enable CERT teams in neighborhoods to communicate with the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and provide local status updates regarding damage assessments, casualties, triage locations, etc. This would also allow CERT Incident Commanders to request assistance from other CERT teams in non-affected areas. This is occurring naturally in ...more »

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Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives

Funding to local EMS/Rescue Providers

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 »

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