I like to see the State Animal Response Teams (SART) added to the Citizen Corp umbrella of groups. Their involvement is key to successful CERT operations at critical events during evacuations.
Emergency preparedness should be federally mandated component of a school's curriculum, K-12.
Citizen-corp even added its animal edition to the CERT program.
Pet owners don't want to be considered a burden... more »
Building basic, everyday capacity is the best preparation for any emergency. Agencies and individuals with basic capacity will then have the time and resource needed to engage in the emergency planning, training and exercises needed to make emergency response a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for everyone.
Expand the role of the military auxiliary units (Civil Air Patrol & Coast Guard Auxiliary) and utilize them more often. They are quite cost effective. They are already in place and possess unique assets and are constantly training. These members are more than willing to contribute but are vastly underutilized.
Making the grant application process easier. It takes several departments in the government to get the information you need.
Too many citizens think the tasks of "preparing" for an emergency is too daunting. Too many things to buy. Too hard to make a plan. So many do not start or do not finish becoming prepared.
FEMA should introduce the "Levels of Preparedness" to guide citizens to the most important levels right away (3 days of water, etc.),... more »
Create an easier way for for-profit technology companies to directly engage with DHS and FEMA to participate in early adoption and R&D efforts - this will foster greater investment, competition and ultimately better solutions in the marketplace.
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.
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 »
Include Citizen Corps Councils and CERT in the planning and implementing stage of disaster drill practices. Include these in the Local EMA's practice. Yet keep with FEMA for training purposes.
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