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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.