Educate citizens on basic preparedness tips like packing a kit and having a home inventory and private documents secured.
The CERT curriculum is an excellent start for developing community response; there needs to be a nationally-recognized, modular set of curricula for ongoing education and skill development of CERT members.
Create and publish templates for personal and organizational preparedness, response, recovery,and mitigation. There is currently no central source that can be accessed which guides a person through the process of identifying the scope of what needs to be done for their family, their business, their neighborhood, their community, etc. Laypeople who are assigned/assume emergency management responsibilities at work, at ...more »
The FEMA "IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" should be revised and updated. The course was last revised in August 2004 - before the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and well before the explosive growth of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum revision should involve representation from communities across the nation, including people who have been using the curriculum to provide ...more »
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 »
Add “Weapons for Personal Protection” to Emergency Preparedness lists. In regards to active shooter/terrorist actions, It has been demonstrated (repeatedly) that the best-case scenario is intervention by an armed citizen on the scene. The Police cannot prevent mass killings. That is the un-debatable fact of history. Even a 2 minute response is considered fast, yet over 30 people died at Virginia Tech. plus many other ...more »
Much of CC's appeal is political but not evidence-based. Predesignated and trained volunteers are important and can be a critical asset in every phase of emergency management, but do we have realistic expectations, and are the resources allocated to CC paying off relative to other programs?
Support existing grass-roots preparedness programs like www.do1thing.us In Lansing, MI, a group of emergency managers created a citizen preparedness program with the intent of encouraging people to move from good intentions to taking actual action. Several studies had shown that most people were aware of the need to prepare, but few people took the first steps. One key reason for this is that the task of becoming prepared ...more »
I suggest you...increase preparedness among primary care providers that serve in practice sizes between 1 and 5 docs. Encourage the development of focus groups among this community and determine what resources they may require to mitigate and plan for a disaster or what support role they may play when their practices will be shuttered because they are shuttered. Supporting this group is essential to increasing community ...more »
This includes assisted-living, residential care homes, board and cares, adult residential and other special needs facilities. I have put a Disaster Prepardeness Task Force in place in San Diego County to represent such communities...so in the event of an evacuation, they will receive the assistance to relocate from one facility to another - with the collaborative efforts of the local, city and county emergency services. ...more »
I suggest you include in planning for natural and man-made disasters the unique needs of children in out of home child care facilities, both family child care homes and child care centers. In addition, children with special health care needs in these settings require particular consideration.
Id suggest that we work to integrate the various volunteer disciplines and organizations. The fine material and programing of the CERT program is applicable to Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and other organizations. American Red Cross has offerings that are the world standard and should be available to other volunteer groups. Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary are the gold standard in various emergency disciplines. ...more »
The fragility of the internet and methods of reaching it must be kept in mind. During a true emergency, PCs and even laptops and iPhones are vulnerable and will fail. AM & FM radio are the answer. They are robust and battery-operated receivers are cheap and reliable. Commercial stations augmented by low-powered community TIS-type stations are the answer. In our town, a reliable 10-watt station provides 24-hour NOAA ...more »
The CERT program like the older block watrch program really is the heart of civilian community preparedness. This program has been loosing funding over the past few years. Yet it is one of the most effective programs for community preparedness/readiness that we have in todays community. The more support it gets the better prepared our communities are going to be and survive disasters or adverse incidents. The program ...more »
Develop best practices for use of electronic signage to inform citizens how to respond to a situation or incident. Signage can range from the lowly highway digital signs to electronic bill boards on highways, to signs in large venues such as stadiums, arenas, malls, schools and universities, and shopping center and pharmacy marquees and so on.
A vast majority of the training opportunities is classroom based or online when it comes to preparedness. While it is important to to provide information in that manner we should begin to create a more hands on approach. People tend to learn more by doing than trying to absorb information given to them by a presenter.
Increase the amount of citizen preparedness material relating to bioterrorism. Include information on epidemiological efforts that will occur as a result of a bioterrorism incident. Include simple to understand steps citizens should take as a result of a bioterror event. Also, include detailed information on the investigative steps that will occur both from the criminal as well as public health perspective. In essence, ...more »
FEMA or (you choose) should offer a series of post-CERT Program I (Basic) classes to properly train communities to assist limited civil response agencies in a large scale disaster. Below are some ideas for the entire series of classes: CERT Program – I (Basic) Six (6) classes Introduction to disasters Structural and non-structural hazards Impacts on infrastructures Utility control, damage assessment, and hazardous ...more »
SOCIAL CAPITAL Viable support networks and social connections, which are part of the larger theory of social capital, are protective factors that decrease risk and enhance adaptation (Norris et al., 2007). Social capital theory suggests that “the more people connect with each other, the more they will trust each other and the better off they will be individually and collectively, because social capital has a strong collective ...more »
I would suggest a tax cut to citizens that have a personal preparedness plan. Too many citizens rely on their government at all levels to provide for their resiliency. Citizens need to build their own resiliency capabilities. The savings to the tax payer should be studied based on how much of a response is necessary if citizens have their own resiliency/preparedness plans thus reducing the capability needed by government. ...more »
There are resources in local and remote communities, these resources can be tapped in all level of capability and varieties of skill to assist and lead in case of nature or man made disaster. Community need to be organized, aware, educated, , practice and participated in the events. Community church, minority groups and tribals can participate by reach out to their representatives. Group representative can organize, recruit ...more »
BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) developed a form after witnessing over a thousand evacuees in the shelter we organized who had no way of finding loved ones, knowing what meds they were on and other valuable info. We researched several available forms and developed one we wanted to use for just that instance. Our form is to be completed by each family and all their grown children, parents, grandparents, ...more »
Please see the below information on Micro Community Disaster Resilience. Informational Paper Micro Community Disaster Resiliency A Jewish Community Preparedness and Resiliency Project By Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CSM, PSP This paper intends to present a format for micro community preparedness, response, and recovery to natural, manmade, and technological disasters. The intended definition of a micro community for purposes ...more »
I suggest that you work cooperatively with local emergency service providers on preplanning efforts. Most local fire departments already have a preplanning process in place.
Work to increase the coping resources for the population by increasing the population's understanding of what emotions are in the hours, days and weeks after a traumatic experience. The harm from disasters can be maximized by people not understanding the source of their anger/impulsiveness.