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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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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Funding Streams

It is unreasonable to assume that the myriad of agencies within a region will effectively work together when each agency has its own and sometimes multiple funding streams, and each funding stream has its own set of extensive requirements. The Federal Government needs to evaluate a funding stream that creates an incentive for all actors in a region to work collaboratively instead of operating like silos. "A row of silos ...more »

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Preparedness Parties

Support CERT and MRC volunteers with supplies and educational materials so that they can host "preparedness parties" educating their friends and neighbors on preparedness and work to build community resiliency with these sessions.

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Let's get back to common sense community civil defense

My father was a WWII survivor of three South Pacifice Island invasions. He consistently taught me to never underestimate the ability of man to treat each other in ways unimaginable. As an Eagle scout and later Explorer Scout I was a member of our county civil defense program. Seems like our nation should always have some degree of public education and awareness of civil defense in case of nuclear war, EMP, chemical ...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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Utilize the NVOAD and the State VOADs more effectively

Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD) are written into the National and State Emergency Plans in various ESFs. A more proactive stance from the governmental side should produce a better prepared partner. Training, preparedness funding, reimbursement of disaster related expenditures, networking, and inclusiveness may be good places to start.

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Disaster Planning should include Children.

Customize disaster planning and response to address the needs of children.

Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties. Disaster plans should include pediatrician input in planning at every organizational level. Federal and local disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children.

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Bring Poison Control Centers to the table.

Poison Control Centers need to have a seat at this table. Poison Control Centers already have an established National Toll free line. The centers are open 24/7/365. They are trained health care professionals with the capability of communicating both to the general public and other health care professionals on treatment modalities for Radiological, Biological and Chemical exposures. They have a proven near-real time ...more »

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Exercises

Cooridnate exercises to involve all local agencies with funding for the same timeframe so that all agencies will be able to "play" There are different timeframes for funding paths that do not not always overlap.

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Medication preparedness option- Medicare and Medicaid

allow individuals in Medicare plans and Medicaid to obtain a 30 day supply of needed medications for preparedness purposes - at least once an emergency declaration has been issued. This will alleviate the medical needs that invariably occur in the first day/week(s) after a disaster has occured. This would leeson the negative health & financial impacts that "early refill" penalties impose on those who are trying to be ...more »

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Preparedness

Provide training modules for local volunteer and faith organizations which can be taught at the various institutions. This includes personal and family preparedness and safety, the family plan for all hazzards response including communication and reconnecting options if seperated, etc.

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TRAIN OUR CHILDREN TO BE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS LEADERS

Train our children to go back into the house to be leaders. Put Disaster Education in the schools K-12. Red Cross has a "Masters of Disasters" Curriculum to use for this very thing.

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