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FEMA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Ok - so this may be WAY outside the box BUT I would like to pose the following - FEMA regions publish a regional hazard mitigation plan. THIS way they can collaborate with OTHER federal agencies, States, Locals and Tribes to complete a regional plan.

The regional plan can follow the overall crosswalk and will create the opportunity for true federal collaboration.

AND FEMA will not only understand their regions better but will have the opportunity to understand what "we" (mitigation planners) go through.

IF FEMA takes on this challenge, THEY can use the section in 44cfr to create "mission assignments" for the federal subject matter experts.

And, it should have a user friendly format, meaning "cover letter NOT cover story". Why? So EVERY FCO is required to read/review it before heading out to a disaster. EVERY Disaster Reservist is required to read/review it before heading out to a disaster.

I believe this will better prepare EACH FEMA responder.

Also, if FEMA says "well we already have State plans" um - ok so you have a great start - right? This way mitigation plans are not forgotten.

Thank you for your consideration.

Submitted by 10 months ago

Comments (5)

  1. Your idea is good, but not new at all. Simlar plans are proposed regularly. The only plan that was viable and funded, was James Lee Witt's, Project Impact. It was eliminated by the Bush Administration's Joe Allbaugh who was the FEMA Director.

    I hate to be a grinch, but there are 25 years of After Action Reports that have repeatedly made every suggestion made on this board and many more. They have been routinely ignored by FEMA and Richard Serino. Who has quit FEMA and is GONE. the light is on but nobody is home.

    All your ideas are like old newspapers on the front lawn of an abandoned houe.

    Merry Christmas.

    10 months ago
  2. sophi.beym Idea Submitter

    Ahhh "community member" - old newspapers....tisk tisk. As a former SHMO, using the Project Impact model and improving on it would work. But, with anonymous attitudes unwilling to add to ideas - indeed your Grinch title is well earned.

    Hope you find more positivity in life.

    Best to you!

    Happiest of holidays.

    10 months ago
  3. sophi.beym Idea Submitter

    Using the Project Impact model & improving on it with additional technology (ie Digital mapping) and other improvements COULD reduce risk. Also, EPA is marketing mitigation planning under "Climate Change Adaptation" - is there additional subject matter expert opinion here? YES! And, USGS, has had post fire debris modeling for YEARS - can this be used to enhance mitigation planning? YES!! For heavens sake - let's quit picking fights and start moving forward to address mitigation more intelligently & indeed involve the WHOLE federal community!! Cheers all for a better 2014!

    10 months ago
  4. Oh Boy "Community Member" I'm just getting started here at Idea Scale (I would hope that is not the case)...I guess I’ll have to try a little harder to dream up some better ideas…I thought the point of the forum was to collect NEW Ideas for future projects, a peer reviewing process, then close examination of the few novel ideas that meet strategic plans and a given set of criteria?

    It is highly unlikely that the Ideas thought of 10 years ago are the same ones available today, or how about 100 years from now?

    Consider NEW technology into the equation…

    The stakeholders, data, and viewpoints I collect indicate that "All Hazards Preparedness" and mitigation tactics are advancing at a rate paralleling technological breakthroughs.

    1. Did you see the Digital Government Strategy here:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/egov/digital-government/digital-government.html

    2. Also newly evolving policies seem to be favoring coordination, Task Forces, Regional and National sharing, new additions to GIS's, releases from NASA, the Federal Geographic Data Committee has an updated strategic plan 2014, (with a new National Spatial Data Infrastructure plan), whereby coordination is a priority, and driven by GAO requirement to reduce duplication http://www.fgdc.gov/nsdi-plan/index_html

    Forward improvements of Nation Strategy are here:

    http://www.fgdc.gov/ngac/meetings/december-2012/NGAC%20Geospatial%20Strategy%20Paper.pdf

    3. Department of the Interior Hosted a Stakeholder Workshop on Mitigation Strategy for Large Infrastructure Projects (6-2013) here:

    http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/department-of-the-interior-hosts-stakeholder-workshop-on-mitigation-strategy-for-large-infrastructure-projects.cfm

    4. “U.S. National Grid data” improvements are scattered all over the internet.

    5. State and Local level agencies and organizations (e.g. DNR) would be key trainers and data collectors, as well as, having other important duties intrinsic to forming a National Partnership, and continued dissemination to National databases.

    6. Have you seen new developments at the U.S. Geographical Survey and Geospatial Program at the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center here: http://nhd.usgs.gov/ ), Also see http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

    7. HAZUS-MH Mapping system continues to be updates with capabilities. Did you see how it revealed new vulnerabilities to mudslides and earth quakes here:

    http://www.fema.gov/hazus/

    (enjoy as you wish)

    IMPRESSIONS/QUESTIONS: Things seem to be developing along at a good pace, maybe there will be soon “sophi.beym.” I agree with most anything that will bring about collaboration, or enhance Preparedness or Mitigation capabilities, as long as it is possible, plausible, feasible, we can afford to maintain it, and it DOES NOT cause any National Security issues. Has anyone identify and launch a pilot program starting with one region in the U.S. (where it makes the most sense first to combine the mitigation plan), to create a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan? Is there a Drafted version of a Project Impact model of any region? What did Mr. Witt do with the funding?

    -Good luck

    7 months ago
  5. I thought of a Regional Mitigation entity, and just wanted to add the information here (for your consideration) in case this will help your Idea. Consider the following=>

    FEDERAL ENTITY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federally owned corporation in the U.S. created by congressional charter in May 1933.

    WHAT THEY DO: They provide the following services (some are Mitigation): navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development.

    WHO THEY DO IT FOR: TVA would be considered Multi-Regional (I believe) because their service area covers most of Tennessee, portions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, and small slices of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

    REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Valley_Authority

    -hope this helps-

    6 months ago

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