Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Which disaster, emergency, and national preparedness policies and guidance need to be updated? How could DHS and FEMA best implement changes to those items? Are there current examples of policies that have substantially enhanced preparedness over others?

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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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Reality thinking

Forget trying to save refugees of the bombed out cities. The people on the rural farms and ranches don't have the resources to take them in and care for them.

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Redefining NIMS for Higher Education

I suggest you...redefine the NIMS requirements for higher education. The current NIMS training is a field level focus on how ICS operates. Many institutions, especially those that do not have their own public safety, need training on ICS that focuses on the relationship between an institution's emergency operations center and the field responders. Promote NIMS training that targets the ICS/EOC interface and establishing ...more »

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Forget trying to save refugees of the bombed out cities. The people on the rural farms and ranches don't have the resources to take them in and care for them.

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Make DHS Funding All Hazard

We have spent the almost a decade trying to decide how to spend billions of dollars on how to mitigate (prevent) terrorism. We need DHS and FEMA to clearly outline the future of how we can become a truly sustainable country from both natural and human-caused threats. Take programs like the UASI or Regional Catastrophic and make these all hazard regional resources. What are we vulnerable too...

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Create an official Advisory Committee on Medical Countermeasures

The following is input submitted to a recent ASTHO Survey on H1N1 Policy Barriers. It may be useful to submit the same input to this DHS/FEMA venue. Thank you. The nation could benefit from something akin to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), but for medical countermeasures. Such a group (an advisory committee on medical countermeasures or “ACMC”) would follow the ACIP model in structure and methods. ...more »

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Large Building Mandates and Laws are are needed !

We need to consider these mandates for any large building;these buildings are like large cities, with many of the same security concerns. DHS-FEMA need to mandate by laws or codes mandatory training for a large building's chief engineer and maintenance staff; and make these chief engineer's requests mandatory policy for the building's General Manager and owner(s) regardless of the bottom line. The 9/11 Commission saw ...more »

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Radio Operability

A lot of grant money is being directed to radio interoperability, which is good but many jurisdictions do not have and cannot afford sufficient radio operability. Jurisdictions must ensure that their first responder's radios work inside all large commercial and high rise buildings within their response area. Future building and fire codes must mandate in-building antennas.

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Require all goverment agencies and critical infrastructure to have EMP protection and response plans.

Require all governmental agencies and other critical infrastructure to develop and implement EMP protection and recovery plans in the event of an EMP event, man made or natural. That can include mitigation by using purchases of replacement parts that are sensitive to EMP and placing in appropriate harden locations, mandating future purchases include EMP protection be standard and other steps.

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Collapsing buildings and safe triangles instead of "duck and cover" approach

what about teaching people in the event of a earthquake, bombing or buiding collapse, instead of duck and cover, I read recently that there is a TRIANGLE of safe space created next to any object where a person can lie flat - prior to reading that article or watching that video (I can't remember the source) I did not realize that it was even a possibility. the information came from a man who studied collapsing buildings ...more »

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Natural and Environmental Hazard Disclosure Law

California has aggressive laws requiring disclosure of known natural hazards, and I believe there should be similar laws across the country. If you don't know what the particular hazards are in your immediate area, how can you prepare for them? I live in Washington State, in the foothills of what is considered one of the most dangerous volcano's in the world. When I bought my house, there was no disclosure about the volcano ...more »

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