Individual/Community Preparedness

Revise FEMA's IS-22 Are You Ready? course (last updated in 2004)

The FEMA "IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" should be revised and updated. The course was last revised in August 2004 - before the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and well before the explosive growth of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum revision should involve representation from communities across the nation, including people who have been using the curriculum to provide ...more »

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School CERT

School CERT

 

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

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Training the Media

Training the media by inviting key TV reporters and anchors to drills and events so that they know how ICS functions, what is reasonable, worst case scenarios etc. Since most of these people have no idea who response mitigation, preparedness and response works they are the one spreading the fear and confusion. Instead of giving their opinion and speculating they might actually be able to give good advise and explain to ...more »

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Train and equip first responders against nuclear terrorism/attack.

The average first respnder says "we are expected to respond to nuclear terrorism or attack but we have not been trained or equipped." What is needed is a leader like Governor Tom Ridge who would be willing to equip our first responders with SIRAD radiation monitors developed by the Department of Defense (goto TSWG.gov and search "SIRAD") Governor Ridge could also inform U.S. emergency management of the self-training ...more »

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Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives

Veterans for CERT and Civil defence,CFR.

Fire Inspector and former Crash Fire Rescueman, I would like to have training on aircraft emergencies and disasters for the major cities and communities . Train veterans for this duties to inculde medics and ambulances persons. This would be injuction with civil defence and CERT. I would like to do this. I would like to organize this, pay a show up milage and monthly stipen.

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Course Lesson Plans

Make the training more learner friendly. Allow organizations to use local events or drills and after action reports in lieu of training exercises in the lesson plans. It would be more relevant and help keep the learners more involved in the learning.

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Include responders' families in agency planning and...

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 »

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Community Preparedness Initiative (CPI)

Community Preparedness Initiative One of the biggest struggles when it comes to preparedness is distribution of information that will actually grab the attention of those who are reading it. Anybody can build a website and post information but if no one knows where to find it then its meaningless. We need to start thinking outside the box and start a Community Preparedness Initiative (CPI). The concept of CPI would be ...more »

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Community Preparedness Initiative (CPI)

Community Preparedness Initiative One of the biggest struggles when it comes to preparedness is distribution of information that will actually grab the attention of those who are reading it. Anybody can build a website and post information but if no one knows where to find it then its meaningless. We need to start thinking outside the box and start a Community Preparedness Initiative (CPI). The concept of CPI would be ...more »

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Elderly Preparedness Training & Disaster Kits Grant

I would strongly suggest and support a grant program that would assist the elderly and special needs community with providing disaster preparedness training along with providing them with a disaster kit that suits their needs. This type of training can be conducted in their homes at their request and would help the local communities with identifying those who will require assistance during a disaster.

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