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How can FEMA cut responce time to an event down dramaticaly ?

There are several ways we could accomplish this/ One way is to set up like "FEMA terminals that would service an area within striking distance that would be designed specifically equipped for the types of problems that could arise in that climate. And there could be default storage sites that would of course hold non-perishable items that are used in any type of event that could come up. And storage site could have a key person who has access to the storage facility for when an event happens so that these items could be secured and accessed in the time of an event.

Submitted by Community Member 8 months ago

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  1. Never re-invent the wheel. Take a look at first response organizations, both full-time and volunteer, who MUST respond quickly to disaster. Modify as needed and reapply to FEMA first response teams.

    8 months ago
  2. Build State and local capabilities. Work with State planners in all areas to identify short falls, identify where within the Federal levle they can be filled or contracted for, and implement on request.

    8 months ago
  3. FEMA should NOT be in the Rapid Response business at all!

    Sure, the federal government COULD provide quick response to every disaster in every community across the country -- at a cost several hundred times the current FEMA budget -- in fact, at a cost several times the entire US federal budget.

    The first response in any disaster should be the local community. As the situation exceeds local resources and abilities, then the state should provide additional resources. If necessary, the state should then request further additional resources under partnership agreements with other states. Finally when all else fails, the federal government should support the state and local efforts.

    The notion that FEMA should arrive the instant any disaster strikes and magically fix everything immediately is totally unrealistic.

    If anything, FEMA should be slower to respond and requests for disaster declarations should be scrutinized more carefully.

    It seems that many states and most local communities actually prefer to be unprepared for disasters - I don't know whether this is simply a head-in-the-sand "It won't happen here" attitude or if these communities have recognized that the more unprepared they are, the easier it is to get a disaster declaration; but regardless of the rationale behind their choices, the vast majority of communities across the US choose not to provide any local funding for any sort of disaster preparedness programs.

    7 months ago
  4. I actually submitted an identical idea but got shot down because it did not line up with where a small group of people were going. It is rather difficult to improve things if folks are not willing to think outside the box. My idea: either already in area (maybe on someone's property or ore-supplied box that can be airlifted in per- loaded with power and hotspot so folks can recharge devices and communicate and get thru critical time until help arrives - including tents, whatever is likely to be needed. Even if FEMA encourages people to have their own emergency supplies, they can get wiped out in disaster. Also, we have all seen people on trucks handing out boxes or water - how much more efficient to have per-loaded with trained citizens who can man and with enough for population. Hope you can make some headway with your idea.

    7 months ago
  5. Since we know where and when tornados and hurricanes usually hit why can't FEMA use closed military bases to stage supplies and equipment in preparation for "next" season. Staff could be limited to a security team until the base is activated.

    4 months ago
  6. Steve, I think you miss one key point about pre-positioning FEMA resources. The ONLY resources that FEMA actually provides in a disaster are dollars -- and some people to process the paperwork to manage those dollars.

    The "supplies and equipment" you seem to be envisioning are the responsibility of your state and local government.

    As you say "we know where and when tornados and hurricanes usually hit" -- so there is no excuse for the state and local governments in those areas not being prepared (there is also no excuse for the individuals living in those areas not being prepared).

    4 months ago
  7. Recognition that government at all levels cannot manage disasters alone means that communities need the opportunity to draw on their full potential to operate effectively. Empowering local action requires allowing members of the communities to lead—not follow—in identifying priorities, organizing support, implementing programs, and evaluating outcomes. The emergency manager promotes and coordinates, but does not direct, these conversations and efforts. Lasting impacts of long-term capacity building can be evident in an evolving set of civic practices and habits among leaders and the public that become embedded in the life of the community. In this regard, the issue of social capital becomes an important part of encouraging communities to own and lead their own resilience activities

    4 months ago
  8. Perhaps that in and of itself is something to look at...how do we get resources to people in a more timely fashion?

    4 months ago
  9. Agreement is afforded to N4AOF.FEMA should NOT be in the Rapid Response business at all. The real question is what the local jurisdictions are doing with preparedness funds provided by FEMA. Are they telling us that a local jurisdiction only needs to prepare for TYPE-IV and TYPE-V conditions with those funds and FEMA is expected to be the first response agency in TYPE-I, II, and III incidents?

    Could it be that these jurisdictions that beg for FEMA rapid first response need an audit of their prior EMPG and HSGP grants regarding their THIRAs, MYT&EPs, planning, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking action to correct and mitigate?

    Communities, tribes, States, the Federal Government, NGOs, and the private sector should each understand their respective roles and responsibilities, and complement each other in achieving shared goals. Incidents must be managed at the lowest possible jurisdictional level and supported by additional capabilities when needed. 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.

    4 months ago
  10. It does seem that at least some areas have decided that it is more effective for them to be LESS prepared so that they can more easily move forward requesting a federal declaration due to not having the capacity to meet the impact of a disaster (e.g. NOLA)

    3 months ago
  11. AGREED:It does seem that at least some areas have decided that it is more effective for them to be LESS prepared so that they can more easily move forward requesting a federal declaration due to not having the capacity to meet the impact of a disaster (e.g. NOLA)

    COMMENT: NIMS defines the preparedness cycle as “planning, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking action to correct and mitigate.” Exercises play an important role in this broad preparedness cycle.

    Effective emergency management and incident response activities begin with a host of preparedness activities conducted on an ongoing basis, in advance of any potential incident. Preparedness involves an integrated combination of assessment; planning; procedures and protocols; training and exercises; personnel qualifications, licensure, and certification; equipment certification; and evaluation and revision.

    Preparedness involves actions to establish and sustain necessary capabilities to execute a full range of emergency management and incident response activities. For NIMS to function effectively, jurisdictions and organizations should set expectations about the capabilities and resources that will be provided before, during, and after an incident. The inventorying and categorizing of resources available for an incident or planned event is a critical element of preparedness, as it helps to establish and verify the level of capability needed. Additionally, the concept of identifying this level of capability is woven throughout the components of NIMS, including the credentialing system.

    A capability is provided with proper planning, organization, training, equipment, and exercises. The

    capability elements define the resources needed to perform the critical tasks to the specified levels of

    performance, with the recognition that there is rarely a single combination of capability elements that

    must be used to achieve a capability.

    Performance activities and tasks are the actions taken to prevent, protect against, respond to, or recover

    from an actual event or are demonstrated during an exercise.Performance measures are quantitative or qualitative levels against which achievement of a task or capability outcome can be assessed. They describe how much, how well, or how quickly an action should

    be performed and are typically expressed in ways that can be observed during an exercise or real event.

    Plans, training, and equipment, and the capabilities they represent, are validated through exercises.

    N4AOF presents a valid reality.The real question is what the local jurisdictions are doing with preparedness funds provided by FEMA.

    3 months ago
  12. Provide funding (grants, etc.) for communities to purchase and equip for the possibilites that can impact their areas - with the knowledge that should an event occur the equipment and supplies purchased (documented through inspection) have to be used before additional asisstance will be available.

    2 months ago