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.
This will enable CERT teams in neighborhoods to communicate with the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and provide local status updates regarding damage assessments, casualties, triage locations, etc.
This would also allow CERT Incident Commanders to request assistance from other CERT teams in non-affected areas.
This is occurring naturally in... more »
Customize disaster planning and response to address the needs of children.
Federal, state, and local disaster plans should include specific protocols for management of pediatric casualties. Disaster plans should include pediatrician input in planning at every organizational level. Federal and local disaster teams should include pediatricians and other personnel skilled at evaluating and treating children.
I suggest you make sure all outreach is made accessible to people with disabilities such as availability in alt. formats, etc and that you work with disability organizations at the local and national levels in any educational outreach activities.
In regards to active shooter/terrorist actions, It has been demonstrated (repeatedly) that the best-case scenario is intervention by an armed citizen on the scene. The Police cannot prevent mass killings. That is the un-debatable fact of history. Even a 2 minute response is considered fast, yet over 30 people died at Virginia Tech. plus many other... more »
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.
Consider what the Russians are doing:
Moscow arms against nuclear attack
12 July, 2010, 21:42
Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential... more »
Provide training modules for local volunteer and faith organizations which can be taught at the various institutions. This includes personal and family preparedness and safety, the family plan for all hazzards response including communication and reconnecting options if seperated, etc.
Instructor Facilitated Online Training is one of the solutions for most of the problems faced by First Responders, Families, Government and Business Owners
Train our children to go back into the house to be leaders. Put Disaster Education in the schools K-12. Red Cross has a "Masters of Disasters" Curriculum to use for this very thing.