A streamlined grant application/reporting structure for these situations would be warranted.
Steven Matles OHST, CHSP, CHEP
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Shift resources from low frequency/high impact events to high frequency/moderate & high impact event prevention & mitigation.
Hijackings are rare, but other crimes and infrastructure failures happen every day.
I would strongly suggest and support a grant program that would assist the elderly and special needs community with providing disaster preparedness training along with providing them with a disaster kit that suits their needs. This type of training can be conducted in their homes at their request and would help the local communities with identifying those who will require assistance during a disaster.
Fire Inspector and former Crash Fire Rescueman, I would like to have training on aircraft emergencies and disasters for the major cities and communities . Train veterans for this duties to inculde medics and ambulances persons. This would be injuction with civil defence and CERT. I would like to do this. I would like to organize this, pay a show up milage and monthly stipen.
FEMA should divert some grant funding to state's human services agencies for planning for vulnerable populations. The already have the relationships and lines of communication with many in these populations. They also have access to many services and providers needed in an emergency - wheel chair transportation, access to nursing facility beds, knowledge of people with behavioral issues/ dementia, etc.
Offer funding that is DEDICATED to hiring and maintaining preparedness staff (or modify/expand existing funding). Otherwise, if new initatives are added without removing other projects, great ideas will be lost on an already overtaxed and underpaid staff.
Provide an incentive for people to become better prepared. Allow them to have a tax deduction for purchasing emergency supplies or performing retrofit work on their homes.