FEMA should divert some grant funding to state's human services agencies for planning for vulnerable populations. The already have the relationships and lines of communication with many in these populations. They also have access to many services and providers needed in an emergency - wheel chair transportation, access to nursing facility beds, knowledge of people with behavioral issues/ dementia, etc.
Ability for UASI and other grants to fund technology projects beyond just the grant year allowing for off-premise, cloud-based or other SaaS-type offerings. Currently most customers want to buy premise-based solutions with large, upfront costs because they fear their grants will run out and they can not afford long-term, lower monthly fees. This puts an undue burden on customers to purchase hardware, maintenance, IT ...more »