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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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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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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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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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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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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TSA Chlorine Dispersion Modeling Study

The Transportation Security Agency is currently working on preparing a study to look at the differences between the currently accepted chlorine gas dispersion models and the actual results of two catastrophic chlorine releases from railcars. Since such models form an important description of the hazards associated with the transport of chlorine gas by railcar, they provide the basis for any planning for the emergency... more »

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Capability and Gaps

I am currently writing a doctoral dissertation on emergency terrorism preparedness in school districts. The objective is to assess the availability, capability and gaps. Currently, research data shows the lack of community/citizen integration in what the school districts are doing. Other than local emergency responders, how should the neighbors be involved, what kinds of communications need to go out to them to avoid... more »

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Keep the Children in Mind

- Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties and pediatric survivors

- Pediatricians, especially those with expertise in pediatric emergency medicine and disaster medicine, should be included in planning at every organizational level

- Disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children

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Truth is Truth?

There is no Security Management System,=The Emergency Broad Casting System In The United States of America! If You Have, Satellite TV, Dish Net Work, or So Called, Direct TV, or The Inter Net? The Emergency Broad Casting System And Has Never Been A Test Given if there was one! ERRRRRRRRRT , ERRRRRRRRRRRT, ERRORS, There is NO TEST of The Emergency Broad Casting System = NON~ The Sick Facts About The Government That... more »

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Task Force for Joint Exercises

I recommend that a committee of personnel be established that will have the responsibility of designing exercises that will test the joint coordination of all agencies, i.e.- military, federal, county, and state, and to ensure that the exercise tests all the response and interagency functions that are required when a real-world event actually happens. This committee does not need to be personnel that are already with... 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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