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Support grass-roots preparedness efforts like www.do1thing.us

Support existing grass-roots preparedness programs like www.do1thing.us

In Lansing, MI, a group of emergency managers created a citizen preparedness program with the intent of encouraging people to move from good intentions to taking actual action. Several studies had shown that most people were aware of the need to prepare, but few people took the first steps. One key reason for this is that the task of becoming prepared... more »

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BISCO Family Emergency Plan

BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) developed a form after witnessing over a thousand evacuees in the shelter we organized who had no way of finding loved ones, knowing what meds they were on and other valuable info. We researched several available forms and developed one we wanted to use for just that instance. Our form is to be completed by each family and all their grown children, parents, grandparents,... more »

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CERT Program Support and Expansion

The CERT program like the older block watrch program really is the heart of civilian community preparedness. This program has been loosing funding over the past few years. Yet it is one of the most effective programs for community preparedness/readiness that we have in todays community. The more support it gets the better prepared our communities are going to be and survive disasters or adverse incidents. The program... more »

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Hands on Approach to Preparedness Training

A vast majority of the training opportunities is classroom based or online when it comes to preparedness. While it is important to to provide information in that manner we should begin to create a more hands on approach. People tend to learn more by doing than trying to absorb information given to them by a presenter.

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Increase Social Capital of Vulnerable Populations

SOCIAL CAPITAL
Viable support networks and social connections, which are part of the larger theory of social capital, are protective factors that decrease risk and enhance adaptation (Norris et al., 2007). Social capital theory suggests that “the more people connect with each other, the more they will trust each other and the better off they will be individually and collectively, because social capital has a strong collective... more »

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Community Awareness and Participation

There are resources in local and remote communities, these resources can be tapped in all level of capability and varieties of skill to assist and lead in case of nature or man made disaster. Community need to be organized, aware, educated, , practice and participated in the events. Community church, minority groups and tribals can participate by reach out to their representatives. Group representative can organize, recruit... more »

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Workplace CERT

Develop a business CERT curriculum. Most people spend the better part of their waking hours at work. Beyond the nearly non-existant "fire brigades" or "floor monitors" and empty first aid kits little is being done to prepare people in the business environment for disaster. Just as Teen CERT and Campus CERT have their own curriculum I believe that a new curriculum for the business environment is needed.

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Update "pre-fire" tours to include "pre-hazmat" considerations

Incentivize private industry to invite emergency responders in for hazmat planning and preparedness sessions.

Fire departments may conduct "pre-fire" assessments focusing on water supply and other traditional suppression issues, without ever considering the information industry is required to provide to them on Tier II reports.

Fire Marshals and other AHJ's may visit businesses to asses code compliance, but sometimes... more »

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ICS Training Scholarships.

I suggest you create a Federally Funded CERT/ICS Training package for college students that can be presented at the local and regional level. This could be presented in a resident four to six week “base camp/boot camp” type environment. Healthy fitness and lifestyle choice messages could also be presented as well as the performance of community service projects planned by the students as ICS managed events.
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Utilize agencies to be conduits of correct information in an emergency

Utilize large agencies/organizations as conduits of information during an emergency. Consistency of information is crucial during an emergency. Agencies can use groups like the United Way, Chamber of Commerce and private sector agencies to spread emergency information so that all populations can be reached with the information.

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MEDICAL FACILITY PREPAREDNESS

In this the anniversary of Katrina/Rita, the need for coordinated planning and response guidelines that are universal for medical facilities is more important than ever before. The medical community gets input from HHS, DHS, FEMA, OSHA, CMS, Joint Commission, ISO, and many others on what is the "best practice" but as of yet there has been NO definitive single authority from which all others take direction. It is time... more »

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Nongovernmental and Volunteer Organization Preparedness

Manage non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers more effectively

I suggest you...Promote and facilitate the use of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers in response and recovery through the development of a standardized, Type Classified, NIMS Compliant, Volunteer Management Strike Team (VMST). The VMST would provide onsite supervision of non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers while performing appropriate accountability and maintaining safety awareness. The VMST would... more »

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