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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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Free Speach! Would Be Nice Place To Start?!

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Asst Dir of Preparedness

I have worked at a state health dept in preparedness for 4 years and the biggest problem I have seen is a lack of coordination at the federal level. The various agencies working on preparedness seem very unclear about who is responsible for what. This causes duplication in some areas and no effort in others. This is a waste of time and money and ultimately will impact reponse to disasters. We have worked hard at the ...more »

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Consistency is critical

It is critical the Long Term Recovery Committees/VOAD's are in place locally on a consistent basis. It is critical that at least one paid staff is on board to continue with the planning, preparedness and engagement efforts. These organizations coordinate, plan, exercise and engage all levels of nonprofits, faith based and the public in preparedness and recovery efforts. Lack of funding for these organizations on an ongoing ...more »

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consistency is critical

I suggest you It is critical the Long Term Recovery Committees/VOAD's are in place locally on a consistent basis. It is critical that at least one paid staff is on board to continue with the planning, preparedness and engagement efforts. These organizations coordinate, plan, exercise and engage all levels of nonprofits, faith based and the public in preparedness and recovery efforts. Lack of funding for these organizations ...more »

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If we just......

After receiving a Concurrent Resolution for the help of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees I found out a lot of issues associated with relief efforts. There is no perfect world, however consistency is important! I believe that the easy part is assessing their needs. The hardest was placement and or getting the services needed. Many had bad credit and or backgrounds that prohibited them from finding adequate housing or jobs. For ...more »

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Safer Emergency Candles

I suggest that you consider this innovative new concept as a tool to be used for emergency preparedness and disaster relief. Kevin’s Kandles introduces a new concept in Safer, Cost Effective, and Environmentally Friendly Emergency Candles. Montreal, Québec, September 1, 2010 – Kevin’s Kandles Inc. is proud to introduce a product that has the potential to greatly improve fire prevention and fire safety throughout the ...more »

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I suggest you...I have worked at a state health dept in preparedness for 4 years and the biggest problem I have seen is a lack of coordination at the federal level. The various agencies working on preparedness seem very unclear about who is responsible for what. This causes duplication in some areas and no effort in others. This is a waste of time and money and ultimately will impact reponse to disasters. We have ...more »

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Children and Adolescents

Children and Adolescents 1. Customize disaster planning and response so that the specific needs of children and adolescents are addressed. 2. Include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties in federal, state, and local disaster plans; and to that end, include pediatricians and other pediatric trained providers in planning at every organizational level. 3. Local disaster response teams need to include ...more »

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Children as agents of change

I suggest you use a 'children as agents of change' approach. The most effective DRR education programmes are those that involve children in decision-making, rather than using them as communicators of adult messages. They are not just "megaphones to transmit adult messages", but are actively participating in DRR. This means we have to overcome our adult-centric view, and include rather than exclude children. A model ...more »

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FEMA - State or Local Liason for Closeout

I would suggest establishing a liason of experienced EM/FEMA personnel to work between State, Local, and Regions of FEMA, especially in closeout functions of long term recovery offices. This could be effective also by the use of a qualified contractor for advisory personnel. Inexperienced Long Term CORE employees have taken the stand of accountants and final authorities in de-obligation of funding Project Worksheets. ...more »

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