Nongovernmental and Volunteer Organization Preparedness

What new policies and guidance would you like to see to increase the ability and interest of non- government agencies in participating in preparedness activities? What are examples of partnerships that have improved preparedness?

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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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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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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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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