General Preparedness

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If we look at the way our Founding Fathers originally set up our country's levels of government, we will see that many of the questions and/or concerns were addressed a couple centuries ago. I refer to the County Sheriff's authority and responsibilities. Instead of creating multiple new agencies, offices, and departments, we need to back up and look at what we already have. Though there is some stability in redundancy,... more »

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CERT to train families for preparedness

CERT teams should conduct SEVERAL family preparedness meetings in the community at schools, churches (maybe link with ministerial alliance folks) and fire houses. These meetings would present family and individual preparedness topics to include fire safety and having a fire plan for the family, but also being prepared for disasters, communication plans, etc. Partner with local hardware stores to publish lists of materials... more »

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Manage non-affiliated and/or spontaneous volunteers more effectively

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 ensure that work... more »

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Coastal Disaster Support

(From my brother who is former navy logistics) Recommission Navy vessels for coastal disaster support. These vessels could be utlized to move eqiupment, medical supplies, food, water, etc, to coastal areas impacted by disasters.

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Tribal Governments and the Stafford Act

Re-draft the Stafford Act to allow Tribal Governments more authority over declaring their own disasters than to be dependent upon a state disaster declaration to improve the government to government relationship that the federal government has with the 564 federally recognized Tribal Governments

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Tribal Emergency Management GSA Vehicle

The Indian Health Service has a shared cost program for Tribal EMS to help insure that they have new ambulances in their Tribal EMS Fleet. It would be nice if there could be a similar program for Tribal Emergency Management to help get a fully equipped SUV Incident Command Vehicle that turned back to GSA for a replacement after so many years.

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Resource Typing and Credential to support Inter and Intra State Mutual Aid

Support inter- and intra-state mutual aid by assisting states/regions/local communities with funding and technical assistance to type resources and credential personnel in responder disciplines (all appropriate for response; not just governmental). Work towards an interactive resource information and request system to shorten and sustain response to a disaster or catastrophic event. Strive to align the EMAC Mission Packages... more »

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Inclusion

Standardize all services provided by different agencies during a disaster. this should include; the Red Cross, County, STate, VOAD, CERT, etc. People with disabilites should be included in the planning and providing of these services. It has been a real challenge to become involved with local agencies.

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Bring in the Military

Huge gaps exist in our ability to properly address catastrophic man-made and natural disasters. As a nation, however we do have the global resources to prepare, prevent, and/or mitigate most events. But, we must utilize all of our strategic resources to do so. This includes the vast resources of our Department of Defense (military). They have the command and communication structure, the training, the experience, and the... more »

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Training and IMTs

I would like to see more disciplines added to current and new IMTs. There should be a more multi-discipline standard applied to team formation. Also, EOC training is badly needed and some standards established. Along the same lines as those developed for field operations.

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FEMA Funding Directly to Alaska Tribes

Alaska Tribes have not had the benefit of organized training under FEMA due to the State of Alaska's failure to recognize tribes as governments. The current law [Stafford Act] needs to be amended to provide Alaska Tribes equal representation. Alaska law needs to be amended to put Tribes before Native Corporations. The money for 229 Tribes is diverted to the State and the Tribes receive nothing.

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State Defense Force

I am a member of a state defense force (SDF). Approximately 22 states have an SDF. With the right equipment, training and support these highly skilled volunteers can have a tremendous positive impact on Preparedness and Homeland Security.

I recommend that your organization endorse H.R.206 titled State Defense Force Improvement Act. This bill is currently in subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill... more »

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Stimulate a Community Grassroots Education Effort

I suggest that government and large corporations offer grant funding to local organizations that would stimulate a grassroots response to community disaster education and resilience. This initiative would focus on recruiting volunteers (retired, self-employed, etc.) to teach community disaster education and disaster resilience through the churches and other faith-based organizations, schools, and civic organizations in... more »

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