General Preparedness

Are there components to current preparedness development efforts that are being overlooked? If so, what are they and how would you address them? What are the biggest issues facing the emergency management and homeland security community?
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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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Preparedness Parties

Support CERT and MRC volunteers with supplies and educational materials so that they can host "preparedness parties" educating their friends and neighbors on preparedness and work to build community resiliency with these sessions.

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No hurricanes for the rest of 2010

I do not think there will be any major weather disturbance in Dade and the rest of Florida for the rest of the year. Therefore, insurance companies may relax and should not increate premiums for next year. I think it is best I express the thought in order to save monies and energies which could be better used somewhere else. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

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Disaster preparation across the nation

1. Determine which policies and guidance need updating and what processes should be used to update them through an online survey instrument.

2. Develop a survey instrument online that can ascertain the needs of all Cities, urban and rural areas and communities in the nation to assess imminent and projected needs to better be prepared.

3). Develop an online Town Hall, to be called for next week, on preparedness... more »

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