General Preparedness

Are there components to current preparedness development efforts that are being overlooked? If so, what are they and how would you address them? What are the biggest issues facing the emergency management and homeland security community?

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AM & FM Radio Stations as a Preparedness Tool

While the Emergency Alert System is in place to provide warning of an imminent threat and for follow up during an emergency, radio chould play a more significant preparedness role. It's portability, pervasiveness, the the fact that it can be listened to my millions simultaneously without degrading the speed of delivery (unlike the Internet), make it an overlooked resource for preparedness. A system, perhaps modeled... more »

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Technology Innovation

Create an easier way for for-profit technology companies to directly engage with DHS and FEMA to participate in early adoption and R&D efforts - this will foster greater investment, competition and ultimately better solutions in the marketplace.

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Prep, Employ, Modify and start again.

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 »

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LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLEGENCE CARDS

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLEGENCE CARDS I suggest we use our resource in combating terrorism in this country more efficiently. Let us take a look at the numbers. Our biggest membership in this country is our law enforcement personnel. The number surmounts even that of our military. Our law enforcement personnel are our greatest resource and our country‚Äôs front line of defense while our hero soldiers are battling terrorism... more »

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ICS For Weather Hazards

Whereas tornadoes seem to get every body's attention, and whereas, there is at least an occasional threat of a tornado in many places around the country, and whereas the actions of public safety and individuals before and then rarely after an actual tornado are so very similar to what should happen for most threats and actual hazards. Therefore let it be resolved that all jurisdictions and all of their agencies and all... more »

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Private Sector Representation

I think that it ould be very imporatnt to include private sector representatives from the critical infrastructure groups who are charged with emergency management and contingency planning. I spent over 28 years in state law enforcement and found that the communication process, although improved over that time frame, was very lacking between government and key private industry stakeholders. As the person responsible... more »

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HSEEP

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 »

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Eductional Institutions

Whatever work is being done, whether at the local, state, or federal level, it must include educational institutions as an participant. Often, educational institutions have tremendous resource pools that will assist with all areas of preparing for, responding too, and recovering from incidents and will posses some of greatest risk potentials. Nation-wide, there is a push to incorporate private sector assistance... more »

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Each and every one of us.

Armed citizens have been, and continue to be the best defense against invasion by a foreign entity, and or crime since our countries beginnings. Perhaps one of the most famous quotes attributed to this concept was by Isoroku Yamamoto "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

 

Perhaps this along with vigilance will help us prevail.

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Policy Leaders need Appropriate Training

One of the most critical gaps we have in our overall preparedness, especially in small local governments, is the lack of training for elected officials and other policy group members. Too often we just expect them to make appropraite policy decisions in times of emergency, but we do not train them what those appropriate decisions are. As my project for the Master Trainer Program at EMI I am attempting to address this... more »

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Improvements to HSPD-3

In reference to the National Threat Levels, I personally asked people within my community about what the current threat level was and what it meant. Most people stated that they didn't know much about it and others stated that they didn't care. When inquiring this information from the local fire department, they could tell me what the forestry department threat level was for brush/ forest fires but told me that they would... more »

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Some questions already have answers...

If we look at the way our Founding Fathers originally set up our country's levels of government, we will see that many of the questions and/or concerns were addressed a couple centuries ago. I refer to the County Sheriff's authority and responsibilities. Instead of creating multiple new agencies, offices, and departments, we need to back up and look at what we already have. Though there is some stability in redundancy,... more »

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CERT to train families for preparedness

CERT teams should conduct SEVERAL family preparedness meetings in the community at schools, churches (maybe link with ministerial alliance folks) and fire houses. These meetings would present family and individual preparedness topics to include fire safety and having a fire plan for the family, but also being prepared for disasters, communication plans, etc. Partner with local hardware stores to publish lists of materials... more »

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Manage non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers more effectively

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 »

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