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Common Training Platform

Thanks to all who have contributed ideas to this message board. Good suggestions, all. A common theme that has run through many comments, and that was highlighted by many speakers at the recent White House sponsored session on emergency management planning is the importance of a common platform for training, exercises, response and management. With the phenomenal proliferation of new media and related tools, it is imperative that schools, colleges and universities, and places of worship have access to simple, touch-enabled systems that facilitate easy integration of existing and emerging enabling technologies. One example of what the new baseline could look like is Orator Plus. If you have not seen it, please check the embedded link to a demo of Orator Plus, which contains full white-board capabilities using data, media, plans, video, etc. from the actual facility of concern. www.oratorplus.com/school/

Submitted by jmunks 1 year ago

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  1. This site, and certainly this topic, is not the right place for vendors to pitch their products. What the participants need to consider is that an item is either on the 'Approved Equipment List' or it is not. The question should be: If it is not on the list is it is it worth obtaining?

    https://www.rkb.us/mel.cfm?subtypeid=549

    1 year ago
  2. It appears that link is broken, and there isn't much info at www.oratorplus.com - sounds like a good idea in general but maybe not the best platform?

    1 year ago
    1. Ok, well the link did work this time and it does look like a pretty good software. I do wonder what the cost would be, not just the software but would each school, district, etc. need to hire or have someone or multiple people trained.

      1 year ago
  3. jmunks Idea Submitter

    I appreciate the comments here. Having worked on both sides of the table, I am very sensitive to the issue of 'vendors pitching products' in this type of forum. At the same time, Orator is a tool that schools and places of worship should look at. DHS, TSA, and many other government agencies have been using it for years for infrastructure protection. They call it by different names. For example, DHS calls it CBAT (Computer Based Assessment Tool), but it's all Orator. Please re-check the link. It works.

    1 year ago
  4. Setting aside the pitch and merits of a concept, plans can never exist and be widely affective when then demand any significant expense by the planner or entity. Why? because they do not get implemented or it takes years to implement expensive plans. A small local congregation or rural school district can not spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on technology. Finally, like they say, no matter the advances in technology some things just require open eyes and boots on the ground.

    1 year ago
  5. 1) NIMS represent a core set of doctrines, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management. Incidents typically begin and end locally, and are managed on a daily basis at the lowest possible geographical, organizational, and jurisdictional level. A basic premise of both NIMS and the NRF is that incidents typically be managed at the local level first. In the vast majority of incidents, local resources and local mutual aid agreements and assistance agreements will provide the first line of emergency management and incident response. The responsibility for responding to incidents, both natural and manmade, begins at the local level – with individuals and public officials in the county, city, or town affected by the incident. Local leaders and emergency managers prepare their communities to manage incidents locally. The Framework’s response doctrine plays a key role in helping community leaders to coordinate resources within jurisdictions, among adjacent jurisdictions, and with the private sector and NGOs such as the American Red Cross.

    2) (A) Flexibility to manage incidents of any size requires coordination and standardization among emergency management/response personnel and their affiliated organizations. NIMS provide a set of standardized organizational structures that improve integration and connectivity among jurisdictions and disciplines, starting with a common foundation of preparedness and planning. Personnel and organizations that have adopted the common NIMS framework are able to work together, thereby fostering cohesion among the various organizations involved in all aspects of an incident. NIMS also provide and promote common terminology, which fosters more effective communication among agencies and organizations responding together to an incident.

    (b) As NIMS and its related emergency management and incident response systems evolve, emergency management/response personnel will increasingly rely on technology and systems to implement and continuously refine NIMS. The NIC, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, oversees and coordinates the ongoing development of incident management-related technology, including strategic research and development.,

    (c) The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program defines the national NIMS training program as it relates to the NIMS components of Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. It specifies the National Integration Center (NIC) and stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. The NIMS Training Program outlines responsibilities and activities that are consistent with the National Training Program, as mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. This program integrates with FEMA training offered through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and United States Fire Administration (USFA).

    (d) HSEEP has been accepted as the standardized policy and methodology for the execution of the National Exercise Program (NEP). The NEP is the Nation’s overarching exercise program formulated by the National Security Council / Homeland Security Council (NSC/HSC), and executed by the Federal Interagency. All interagency partners have adopted HSEEP as the methodology for all exercises that will be conducted as part of the NEP.

    If you have not seen it, please check the embedded link to a demo of Orator Plus, which contains full white-board Orator Plus capabilities using data, media, plans, video, etc. from the actual facility of concern. www.oratorplus.com/school/ ???

    Excuse me! When did Orator Plus make any approved equipment, services, or grants allowable approval?

    Did we overlook something on the list? The claim is to technology and only claims use by one agency or another but fails to mention approval by either the National Exercise Division (NED) or National Preparedness Directorate (NPD).

    The disagreement here is application to the procedure of; Conduct an annual Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW), and maintain a Multiyear Training And Exercise Plan (TEP). Plan and conduct exercises in accordance with the guidelines set forth in HSEEP policy., Develop and submit a properly formatted After Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). and Track and implement corrective actions identified in the AAR/IP. Apparently, there is a disconnect on this 'PLATFORM' of here I have a 'SIMPLE CRISES PLAN', one shoe fits all, here it is let's go! This participant is compelled to ask where did the individual school's 'Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment' ever get factored into this product-line 'SALES-PITCH'. The real doubt is how does a school achieve conformance to the NATIONAL PREPARDNESS GUIDE if a 'Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment' isn't prepared?

    Yes, put us on the right platform. The claim is DHS and the airports have this item in wide-use. Really, isn't this a bit exaggerated? Airport security is a function of DHS/TSA and FEMA is a component agency of DHS. Now, why shouldn't an individual, as this participant, assume and or conclude that FEMA would supply its umbrella department (DHS) and DHS/TSA with the most up to date plans, methods, procedures, and protocols to implement?

    Doubt persists as to the structure and preparation of a Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (T&EPW) and the

    Resulting Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan under this 'SIMPLE CRISES PLAN' product. Could this be the ‘TurboTax’ version to Emergency Management Planning?

    The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) provides the doctrine, programs and resources to prepare the nation to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters while minimizing the loss of lives, infrastructure and property. NPD is responsible for enhancing the nation’s readiness through a comprehensive preparedness cycle of planning, organizing and equipping, training, exercising, evaluating and improvement planning. NPD carries out these responsibilities.

    The brightest and best are at FEMA National Exercise Division (NED), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), and National Integration Center (NIC), Incident Management Systems Integration (IMSI) Division and this participant is unaware that any of the three entities has relinquished the reins on NRF or NIMS standards yet.

    1 year ago
  6. While I agree with chris fishell that 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND' are necessary and plans do quite frequently get set aside or ignored and do not get implemented, I disagree on the expense excuse as the rational to the result. Without the 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND'we cannot execute the procedures within a plan. It is also useless to have 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND' if those with 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND' don't know their duties, responsibilities and procedures within the plan. Initially, an EOP is a prepardness document. It is meant to be read, understood, trained to, and exercised to facilitating the building of 'CAPABILITIES' to execute the procedures within that EOP. Significant expense? Very doubtful. There is the economical, non-economical, and the hybrid approaches. What is important is that the National convention is observed so everyone is on the same page and need not be confused. NIMS represent a core set of doctrines, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management. Incidents typically begin and end locally, and are managed on a daily basis at the lowest possible geographical, organizational, and jurisdictional level. A basic premise of both NIMS and the NRF is that incidents typically be managed at the local level first. In the vast majority of incidents, local resources and local mutual aid agreements and assistance agreements will provide the first line of emergency management and incident response. The responsibility for responding to incidents, both natural and manmade, begins at the local level – with individuals and public officials in the county, city, or town affected by the incident. Local leaders and emergency managers prepare their communities to manage incidents locally. The Framework’s response doctrine plays a key role in helping community leaders to coordinate resources within jurisdictions, among adjacent jurisdictions, and with the private sector and NGOs such as the American Red Cross. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program defines the national NIMS training program as it relates to the NIMS components of Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. It specifies the National Integration Center (NIC) and stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. National preparedness is the shared responsibility of our whole community. Every member contributes, including individuals, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and Federal, State, and local governments.

    1 year ago

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