General Preparedness

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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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Micro Community Disaster Resilience

Please see the below information on Micro Community Disaster Resilience. Informational Paper Micro Community Disaster Resiliency A Jewish Community Preparedness and Resiliency Project By Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CSM, PSP This paper intends to present a format for micro community preparedness, response, and recovery to natural, manmade, and technological disasters. The intended definition of a micro community for purposes ...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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Preparedness Capabilities and Assessments

Federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (FEMAC)

Develop and implement a Federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (FEMAC) to support the National Response Framework based on Emergency Support Functions, including the ability for Federal agencies to request and receive assistance from other agencies. Additionally, the capability for "FEMAC" to link to Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), so state EMAC members to see pending and ongoing Federal support ...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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Preparedness Policy and Guidance

Redefining NIMS for Higher Education

I suggest you...redefine the NIMS requirements for higher education. The current NIMS training is a field level focus on how ICS operates. Many institutions, especially those that do not have their own public safety, need training on ICS that focuses on the relationship between an institution's emergency operations center and the field responders. Promote NIMS training that targets the ICS/EOC interface and establishing ...more »

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Simplify Plans

I suggest to standardize plans nationally and simplify, yet flexible. Locals have the responsiblity to perform many various tasks, and will not have the resoures or capability to initiate complex plans (even with exercise and training). I suggest elected officials need to become more involved in preparedness - they tend to initiate own plans and make the decisions.

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Adapt tried and true principles, practices and techniques

Adapt the training for nonviolent direct action usually required of all action participants, which is mature and robust (e.g. Rosa Parks had attended such training before she refused to give up her seat on that bus in Birmingham, AL), for various age groups and make it freely available throughout our society. Do not despair of reaching every citizen; any increase in the understanding, awareness and imagination it engenders ...more »

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Improvements to HSPD-3

In reference to the National Threat Levels, I personally asked people within my community about what the current threat level was and what it meant. Most people stated that they didn't know much about it and others stated that they didn't care. When inquiring this information from the local fire department, they could tell me what the forestry department threat level was for brush/ forest fires but told me that they would ...more »

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