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Training and exercising

Regular training and exercising is needed at all levels - government, volunteers, and community. Having people involved once a year or so, is not enough - we need to find a way to make things more available, online as well as hands on to keep people up on their skills and keep them interested.

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Funding Streams

It is unreasonable to assume that the myriad of agencies within a region will effectively work together when each agency has its own and sometimes multiple funding streams, and each funding stream has its own set of extensive requirements. The Federal Government needs to evaluate a funding stream that creates an incentive for all actors in a region to work collaboratively instead of operating like silos. "A row of silos... more »

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Bring Poison Control Centers to the table.

Poison Control Centers need to have a seat at this table. Poison Control Centers already have an established National Toll free line. The centers are open 24/7/365. They are trained health care professionals with the capability of communicating both to the general public and other health care professionals on treatment modalities for Radiological, Biological and Chemical exposures. They have a proven near-real time... more »

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HAZMAT Rail Shipment Notifications

Many emergency responders are concerned about the lack of information they receive about the railcar shipments of toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) through their communities. This lack of information places first responders at significant potential risk when they approach a derailed or some other rail related accident/incident. The security community, on the other hand is concerned about providing possible targeting information... more »

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Exercises

Cooridnate exercises to involve all local agencies with funding for the same timeframe so that all agencies will be able to "play" There are different timeframes for funding paths that do not not always overlap.

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MYTEP

MYTEP-MYTEP planning should be done on a county,

regional and state level so that all entities can be on the same page in training and planning exercises

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Payment for Private Sector Providers

One of the most critical challenges durign an emergency is the cooperation and participation of private providers (hospitals and physicians). These providers need to have a venue for beign reimbursed for the services they provide. Presently, the process if geared around the VA system, which functions in a compeltely different manner than private providers. We need to pre-establish a menas by which hospitals and physicians... more »

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Utilize the NVOAD and the State VOADs more effectively

Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD) are written into the National and State Emergency Plans in various ESFs. A more proactive stance from the governmental side should produce a better prepared partner. Training, preparedness funding, reimbursement of disaster related expenditures, networking, and inclusiveness may be good places to start.

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Key Principles of Effective National Preparedness Planning

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 »

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NIMS Development & Implementation

NIMS - I feel the best approach to ensuring national readiness and capability to respond to, and to coordinate all levels of government in support of all hazards emergency management is to continue to focus on the development and implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Much work has been accomplished towards this goal, but much is still left to do. This needs to be the emphasis.

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Lets all try to get along

An effort should be made to get local and state EMA's, health departments, planning commissions, hospitals, EMS, fire, police etc to work together as part of a written grant requirement. While we have made some connections in our region I believe a strict requirement tied to initial and continued grant funding will provide more continuity in our planning and preparedness efforts. If you hit the players in the pocketbooks... more »

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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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Empower CERT Programs

Sponsor the advertising and across the board promotion of the citizen-corp programs (CERT).
Once citizens attend their level 2 CERT they get a better understanding of how ICS works, they become a better line of defense in their community and can - at the very basic level - train others on site to get things done right. The problem is that most members of the community still rely 100% on government response and have no... more »

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Nongovernmental and Volunteer Organization Preparedness

Empowering Communities

I suggest you make one goal to empower private and public sectors and NGOs by providing training and tools, which will enable them to conduct timely and informative outreach strategies to vulnerable populations, within our nation’s diverse communities, during all phases of emergency management.
In collaboration with local, state, and tribal emergency managers, deployment of FEMA’s External Affairs Reservist and Voluntary... more »

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