Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

What are your recommendations for the most appropriate way to collectively assess our capabilities and capability gaps? What portion of national preparedness risk determination should be made at the federal level and how much at the state and local level?

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Understanding Risk and Vulnerabilities is Critical

It seems so often that we fail to complete a comprehensive community all hazard risk assessment, that includes the nature, vulnerabilities, probability, consequences, and severity. Agencies complain that it is too hard; if they would leverage existing data and institutional knowledge, it is do-able. I have seen it provide an incredibly solid footing to begin designing and implementing mitigation strategies.

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Get and App for that

Find a way to incorporate location technology in cell phones to allow agencies to send emergency messages. Is there an app for that?

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Capabilities-Based Planning Using the Target Capabilities List

Continue to promote the capabilities-based preparedness planning paradigm. A candid assessment is the necessary foundation for effective improvement planning. The target capability list (TCL) is a fair starting point. However, DHS should move forward with TCL 3.0, which uses classes to introduce risk into the process and avoid the one-size-fits-all approach of the current TCL 2.0 performance metrics. The process becomes ...more »

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E-Learning and Online Training

Instructor Facilitated Online Training is one of the solutions for most of the problems faced by First Responders, Families, Government and Business Owners

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Assessing Capability and Gap Analysis - Institutionalizing the Processes

•How do we collectively assess our capabilities and gaps? Create a national system with a specific "non-share percentage" gap analysis grant managed by the state EM agency that measures gaps and holds all stakeholders accountable to filling those gaps. The program would start off by leveraging the updated 3-year HIRA data produced by the states and locals. Using a three year cycle, the state would hold X number of ...more »

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Counter-Terrorism Emergency Response Plan - CFATS

While DHS-ISCD manages the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Stanadards (CFATS) program and insures that high-risk chemical facilities have a well thought out and executed Site Security Plan, there are no provisions for an emergency response plan at the state and local level to respond to the consequences of a successful terrorist attack on these high-risk facilities. ISCD and FEMA should ensure that the LEPC has an emergency ...more »

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Railway Security

I am an Emergency Management Student and during a discussion between classmates and myself, we discussed the lack of security to railways in America. The discussion led to conversation about railways within cities, for example, a railway running underneath a conference center and the fact that you could hear and feel vibrations from its passing. Unforuntely, this is a dangerous situation due to the great potential of ...more »

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Local plans also needed for agroterrorism, agricultural disasters

Before submitting my 5 cents’ worth to this “National Dialogue on Preparedness,” I performed a content analysis: Among 150 posted ideas, an online word-search resulted in no hits – zero – for the following: agriculture, agricultural, farm, ranch, crops, cattle, and livestock. It didn’t surprise me, either. Many planners in homeland security (HS) and emergency response simply don’t think much, if at all, about agriculture. ...more »

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Funding Post-Emergency Response Research

A recent article on Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/30/is-research-into-the-oil-spill-s-impact-skewed.html) describes some of the problems that researchers are having with funding and physical access to begin independent studies of the oil release in the Gulf of Mexico. Any major incident requiring national level emergency response is going to require studies by academics to get a clear understanding of the ...more »

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Radiologic monitoring post-attack

The real elephant in the room is radiologic monitoring and sheltering. About a decade ago the US government got out of the radiologic monitoring business on US civilian nuclear battlefields. Since this time 1 hostile country has tested nuclear devices and another which has made repeated threats against the US is nearing that point. Considering the probability of retaliation in kind it would seem likely that such an attack ...more »

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Threat Re-D0

Create a matrix of natural hazards and human-caused risk assessment databases and tools. We have HAZUS, ACAMS, DMA2K, Infrastructure Silos. We have new ideas coming from FEMA and DHS all the time, but I have not seen a building on what we have.

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Using members to provide actionable intelligence from the ground

It would be very beneficial to organize and have members within a certain region responsible for providing (if information is available) information and assessments from their specific area of residence. This can be in the form of an INTSUM (intelligence summary), and/ or a monthly meeting including designated persons within a particular region. This would then be sent up to delegated persons to disseminate and be able ...more »

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