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?
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 »
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 »
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 »