My father was a WWII survivor of three South Pacifice Island invasions. He consistently taught me to never underestimate the ability of man to treat each other in ways unimaginable. As an Eagle scout and later Explorer Scout I was a member of our county civil defense program. Seems like our nation should always have some degree of public education and awareness of civil defense in case of nuclear war, EMP, chemical ...more »
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 ensure that work ...more »
Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD) are written into the National and State Emergency Plans in various ESFs. A more proactive stance from the governmental side should produce a better prepared partner. Training, preparedness funding, reimbursement of disaster related expenditures, networking, and inclusiveness may be good places to start.
Customize disaster planning and response to address the needs of children.
Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties. Disaster plans should include pediatrician input in planning at every organizational level. Federal and local disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children.
Poison Control Centers need to have a seat at this table. Poison Control Centers already have an established National Toll free line. The centers are open 24/7/365. They are trained health care professionals with the capability of communicating both to the general public and other health care professionals on treatment modalities for Radiological, Biological and Chemical exposures. They have a proven near-real time ...more »
Cooridnate exercises to involve all local agencies with funding for the same timeframe so that all agencies will be able to "play" There are different timeframes for funding paths that do not not always overlap.
allow individuals in Medicare plans and Medicaid to obtain a 30 day supply of needed medications for preparedness purposes - at least once an emergency declaration has been issued. This will alleviate the medical needs that invariably occur in the first day/week(s) after a disaster has occured. This would leeson the negative health & financial impacts that "early refill" penalties impose on those who are trying to be ...more »
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.
Train our children to go back into the house to be leaders. Put Disaster Education in the schools K-12. Red Cross has a "Masters of Disasters" Curriculum to use for this very thing.
As a member of the emergency management arena for over 25 years, I have just one suggestion. Get rid of the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program. It is the epitome of bureaucracy. It may work well for very large urban areas with large staff, but it certainly does not work well in the smaller communities where staff is limited. It does nothing to help a community prepare for disasters, but it does create a huge ...more »
As demonstrated by recent catastrophes, effective crisis management demands more than command and control techniques can achieve alone. Achieving a successful transition from response to recovery demands community engagement. Coordination goes further but still implies little more than an effort to avoid conflict. Cooperation and collaboration more accurately describe the leadership actions required to rebuild trust and ...more »
Key Principles of Effective National Preparedness Planning "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln (1) Assessment of the entire range of threats – both acute and easily ...more »
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.)
I am currently working the BP oil disaster. I am also an ICS instructor. There is still differences between FEMA / EMI ICS and the U.S. Coast Guard system. We keep telling students that it is a system for all to use but we have differences between responders and others. Case in point; here at the spill when you want to order something you are told to fill out a 214 (general message in ICS and order form in Coast Guard ...more »
Establish teams to deploy and engage the locals in required learning. Current practice of acquiring "Awareness Courses on line" is convenient for some, but difficult for others. General preparedness starts with the locals, the method for reaching that goal has to remain a combination of education and experience. Determining the capabilities and providing assessments should be done more like the military accomplishes ...more »