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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.

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Submitted by Community Member 4 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.

    3 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.

    3 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.

    3 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.

    3 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.

    9 days ago