Start up the nuclear war shelters designations again. I have not seen many of the old CD shelter signs and they can used as shelters and sources of information available. Make the signs noteworthy and include links to other sources of information and assistance.
Require all agencies that would respond to a disaster to include training and assistance for the families of the responders. We saw NOPD officers leave the city at the time they were needed most to take care of family and so on. Well, if the agency included training and other support to ensure the responders' families were taken care of or have the ability to handle the crisis, then the responders can focus on their job. ...more »
Please appreciate the fact that homeland security is still a new discipline and that it takes time understand and incorporate National preparedness doctrine into State and local planning and preparedness efforts. To that end, focus on updating the existing doctrine as opposed to recreating it. For example, there are some good National preparedness elements (e.g. Prevent/Protect/Respond/Recover mission areas), some things ...more »
Key Principles of Effective National Preparedness Planning "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln (1) Assessment of the entire range of threats – both acute and easily ...more »
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.
Develop and implement a professional career track for emergency planners. Ten years ago in North Carolina, we had one all-hazards plan and one hazard-specific one (hurricanes). Today we still have the one base plan and 15 hazard-specific ones. During this period, EM planning postions dropped from 14 to 9. Other state agencies have increased their preparedness planning, but we do not have a standard planning process. ...more »