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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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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Require interoperable radio policies

Require agencies that have access to interoperable radio systems to include their use in their written policies. I work as a police/fire dispatcher for a local agency in Colorado. I'm a big fan of our radio system. The mutual aid channels are set up well and easy to understand. Working in the Denver metro area, I have the ability to communicate with any agency in the state. The big problem is that we have the technology,... 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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Support ALL levels of Incident Management Teams

Provide funding, oversight and guidance for all levels of incident management teams. Develop a national system of training and certification for Types I, II, and III teams. Smaller Type III incidents may cross state boundaries, but because certifications are set up by each state, other states don't have to honor them, complicating the response. It could also make the transition from Type III to Type II more efficient.... more »

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Mass Fatality Management

As Co-Chairman of the DHS Mass Fatality Management Subcouncil of the Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, I strongly suggest that the federal government establish a mass fatality management plan for all man-made and natural disasters. The Plan would include all the appropriate resources of the federal, state, local, tribal and private sector and how and when those resources will be applied. The dignified recovery,... more »

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Improve Emergency Planning Process

Develop and implement a professional career track for emergency planners. Ten years ago in North Carolina, we had one all-hazards plan and one hazard-specific one (hurricanes). Today we still have the one base plan and 15 hazard-specific ones. During this period, EM planning postions dropped from 14 to 9. Other state agencies have increased their preparedness planning, but we do not have a standard planning process.... more »

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Jurisdictions need to plan to utilize and document non-affiliated and spontaneous volunteers

Vulnerability is the combination of risk of an incident times the probability minus the mitigation efforts employed to reduce the impact of that incident. Regardless of the cause of a presidentially declared incident (Flood, storm, earthquake, or human incident, etc), under the Stafford act, all jurisdictions are vulnerable to the financial vulnerability of the non-federal share, or local match, of the FEMA Public Assistance... 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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EMS and emergency care systems need to have a seat at the planning table

As I reviewed the proposed membership of the Task Force, I have noted the glaring absence of representation from the emergency medical services (EMS) community and emergency physicians. EMS providers and emergency physicians are the members of the emergency care system who will play key primary roles in a disaster response, regardless of its etiology. Although I commend the inclusion of firefighters, the specific designation... more »

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Teach Practical Family Nuclear Civil Defense Strategies and Tactics...

The disarmament movement for decades has hyped that with nukes; all will die or it will be so bad you'll wish you had. Most have bought into it, now thinking it futile, bordering on lunacy, to try to learn how to survive a nuclear blast and radioactive fallout. Unfortunately, most govt officials have, too, as they are focused on #1- Interdiction, and #2- COG (Continuity of Govt) for when #1 fails, and have largely ignored... more »

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We should have an active nuclear civil defense program

As our nation unilaterally disarms, and faces a terrorist nuclear threat, we should at least have an active nuclear civil defense program. Consider what the Russians are doing: http://rt.com/prime-time/2010-07-12/moscow-bomb-shelters-outskirts.html/print Moscow arms against nuclear attack 12 July, 2010, 21:42 Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential... more »

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Include Solar Storm and EMP risks in all-hazards planning

Include the hazards "Solar Storm" and "Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)" in all-hazards planning and mitigation at all levels of government. Solar storms and EMP's have the ability to knock the United States back 200 years in time by severely disabling electrical and electronic systems. The current population of the U.S. cannot be sustained and estimates that casualties may be up to 90%. Critical infrastructure that relies... more »

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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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No Drastic Changes and Know Your Customers

Please appreciate the fact that homeland security is still a new discipline and that it takes time understand and incorporate National preparedness doctrine into State and local planning and preparedness efforts. To that end, focus on updating the existing doctrine as opposed to recreating it. For example, there are some good National preparedness elements (e.g. Prevent/Protect/Respond/Recover mission areas), some things... more »

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