I like to see the State Animal Response Teams (SART) added to the Citizen Corp umbrella of groups. Their involvement is key to successful CERT operations at critical events during evacuations.
Emergency preparedness should be federally mandated component of a school's curriculum, K-12.
People take action to prepare for disasters when they are convinced that the danger is real and that their friends, relatives, and neighbors believe the same thing. Native Americans and other aboriginal groups achieve this through oral traditions. For example, no lives were lost to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in native groups with strong oral traditions that taught instinctive evacuation after an earthquake. This "culture... more »
Please update FEMA IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness as well as FEMA IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning. So much has been learned since Hurricane Katrina (we hope). Animal Preparedness and response has shifted so much, the curriculum needs an update since 1998! Citizen-corp even added its animal edition to the CERT program. Pet owners don't want to be considered a burden... more »
Building basic, everyday capacity is the best preparation for any emergency. Agencies and individuals with basic capacity will then have the time and resource needed to engage in the emergency planning, training and exercises needed to make emergency response a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for everyone.
Expand the role of the military auxiliary units (Civil Air Patrol & Coast Guard Auxiliary) and utilize them more often. They are quite cost effective. They are already in place and possess unique assets and are constantly training. These members are more than willing to contribute but are vastly underutilized.
Under the National Response Framework, perhaps GIS should be an Emergency Support Function, or at least at a minimum have a support annex dedicated to it. This annex could include specifying the US National Grid as the coordinate system for ground based emergency management as well as tackle numerous other challenging issues like post-event imagery, services oriented architecture, mobile capabilities, and damage assessment.... more »
Making the grant application process easier. It takes several departments in the government to get the information you need.
DHS and FEMA should consider an executive or policy-maker level internship program for themselves to spend time with state and local officials to gain a perspective and appreciation for what is at the terminal end of the many competing federal policies, mandates and deliverables. Until federal government officials have to respond to, balance, prioritize and ultimately deliver on some of their own policies or requirements... more »
Introduce the concept of "Levels of Preparedness" to encourage citizens to prepare for emergencies. Too many citizens think the tasks of "preparing" for an emergency is too daunting. Too many things to buy. Too hard to make a plan. So many do not start or do not finish becoming prepared. FEMA should introduce the "Levels of Preparedness" to guide citizens to the most important levels right away (3 days of water, etc.),... more »
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.
I would like to see more disciplines added to current and new IMTs. There should be a more multi-discipline standard applied to team formation. Also, EOC training is badly needed and some standards established. Along the same lines as those developed for field operations.
Sponsor the advertising and across the board promotion of the citizen-corp programs (CERT). Once citizens attend their level 2 CERT they get a better understanding of how ICS works, they become a better line of defense in their community and can - at the very basic level - train others on site to get things done right. The problem is that most members of the community still rely 100% on government response and have no... more »
Include Citizen Corps Councils and CERT in the planning and implementing stage of disaster drill practices. Include these in the Local EMA's practice. Yet keep with FEMA for training purposes.
I am a trained CERT instructor and the manager of emergency preparedness for school district of 24,000 students in the earthquake prone desert of Southern California. I tweeked the CERT course to make a course for school personnel which I entitled SERT (school emergency response teams) - We have a trained team on each elementary and secondary campus