Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives

Create Strategic Policy for Urban v. Rural Areas

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 »

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General Preparedness

Increase Inclusivity - VOAD, Business, Government

Increase inclusivity...ensure that NGOs big and small, including neighborhood associations and churches, participate in VOAD. Then ensure that VOAD partners fully with government and business. Bring representation from all areas to the table regularly. Consistency in efforts and message, and creative utilization of all community resources, increases community resiliency.

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Hospitals Preparedness

Hospitals should have a national emergency code system so all hospitals speak the same language. Hospitals Administration should also have direct information from Homeland Security as to why they need NIMS and ICS so they will take Homeland Security as serious as JACHO regulations.

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Private Sector Preparedness

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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General Preparedness

Direct Resourcing of Regional NPS staffs

I would like to propose direct resourcing and the establishment of new regional integrated staffs to strengthen the National Preparedness System and further the intent of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) of 2006. A lot of the fundamental and interrelated structural and process problems which plague the current system could be corrected by direct funding from the Federal Government for national... more »

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General Preparedness

Preparedness

Provide training modules for local volunteer and faith organizations which can be taught at the various institutions. This includes personal and family preparedness and safety, the family plan for all hazzards response including communication and reconnecting options if seperated, etc.

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General Preparedness

FEMA "Make a Kit" iPhone App

Create an iPhone app that assists the public in creating kits by:

* Helping them decide how many kits they need (home, car, work, etc.)

* Helping them decide what should go in each kit.

* Helping them shop for kit packages / items.

* Helping them keep track of what they have already purchased or assembled

* Helping them maintain the kit (replace water, etc.)

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General Preparedness

consistency is critical

I suggest you It is critical the Long Term Recovery Committees/VOAD's are in place locally on a consistent basis. It is critical that at least one paid staff is on board to continue with the planning, preparedness and engagement efforts. These organizations coordinate, plan, exercise and engage all levels of nonprofits, faith based and the public in preparedness and recovery efforts. Lack of funding for these organizations... more »

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Consistency is critical

It is critical the Long Term Recovery Committees/VOAD's are in place locally on a consistent basis. It is critical that at least one paid staff is on board to continue with the planning, preparedness and engagement efforts. These organizations coordinate, plan, exercise and engage all levels of nonprofits, faith based and the public in preparedness and recovery efforts. Lack of funding for these organizations on an ongoing... more »

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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Mandatory Co Involvement w City Emergency Mngt

I'd suggest that voluntary participation is not sufficient. The response is limited not only by those who have legitimate deficits in financing or expertise, but also by those who believe it's too much effort since "something like that has never happened here before". Argh! Somewhere along the way I picked up a saying that people don’t want the burden of rules and regulations until something bad happens. Only then do... more »

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Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

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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Find each and every synergy with what people already do

I suggest you stop creating ideas and programs that hope to have people make massive changes of behavior and habits to follow. Work to identify activities and habits that are almost what is needed for a person to be resilient-and base outreach messaging on showing how a tiny tweak will make a big difference. Example: Most people carry useful stuff they use every day, they have bags, backpacks, trunks, purses. Add contact... more »

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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Include Solar Storm and EMP risks in all-hazards planning

Include the hazards "Solar Storm" and "Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)" in all-hazards planning and mitigation at all levels of government. Solar storms and EMP's have the ability to knock the United States back 200 years in time by severely disabling electrical and electronic systems. The current population of the U.S. cannot be sustained and estimates that casualties may be up to 90%. Critical infrastructure that relies... more »

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