National Preparedness Report: Sharing General Views on Preparedness

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Sharing General Views on Preparedness

  • Successful approaches that your community or organization has used to assess preparedness.
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  • The most critical unmet preparedness needs in your community.

National Preparedness Report: Sharing General Views on Preparedness

Bar codes and inventory management

There are commercial products available but are priced too high for small, rural agencies to purchased. The idea is that the federal government can leverage its position as a purchaser to make available a IM kit that contains bar code labels (or the ability to create them), a printer, scanners, and a virtual storage database. Any small agency, or rather, any agency, can bar code their inventory and used the scanners ...more »

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Solve The Problem(s) of "Red Tape"

Government "red tape" makes it very difficult for our government to quickly respond to a major disaster. If you are a government outsider, you need a directory to determine who must do what for any major emergency response. These steps must reportedly be undertaken to proceed in dealing with a disaster: 1) There must be an official declaration that any disaster is an Incident of National Significance (INS). 2) Full ...more »

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Update The Ready.gov 72 Hour Kit Suggestions

In my opinion, based on five decades of actually using 72 Hour Emergency Kits in assorted disaster situations, worldwide, the Ready.gov kit suggestions are not complete ...and in need of better organization. Rather than having a random list of items, the kit items should be given by category using 15 categories known to be essential. To wit: 1) Health; 2) Communications; 3) Light; 4) Fire; 5) Warmth; 6) Cool; 7) ...more »

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Portable sleeping centers

Retrofit the metal shipping containers (seen on the large boats) in bunk houses. Make sure that they are insulated for the winter or have A/C for the summer. Some closets for storing gear and clothes should be included. These can be sent throughout the country, or purchased, by EOCs that have the need for them. These sleeping centers can be moved around as needed or stay in one location.

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Future EOC building design

One thing, when designing/building a new EOC, is to incorporate space for people to sleep in. For example, think of the bunks that are seen on a submarine. If something like that can be incorporated into the building for EOC personnel to sleep in, it would be great. It gets people away from sleeping the break room or other people's offices. Hospitals have rooms set aside for the physicians to sleep in why can't an ...more »

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Functional & Accessible Needs Collaborative

Center's for Independent Living (CIL) have a consumer base of people with disabilities. Those vary people that come to the CIL are asking for help for housing, transportation, getting resources and assistance for a variety of needs to sustain their independence in the community on an every day basis. But, when a emergency or disaster strikes, people with disabilities are not sure where to turn or where to get services. ...more »

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Potable Water Storage, Transport, and Re-Supply

In the event of a major disaster, normal supplies of potable water may not be possible. For most homes, they have existing water storage in the hot water heater and toilet flush-tank. If relocation is required, you should be prepared to transport needed potable water or have the chemical or other recommended means to convert unsafe (or polluted) water into potable water. During a survival situation, a shovel, sterile ...more »

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Future grants scaled to location and work force

I'll address this from a public health perspective. Through the years, the grant deliverables has reflected a one-size-fits-all approach meaning that public health departments,regardless of location or size of the health department, would be tasked to complete activities identified in the grant. For example, mass prophylaxis planning. Every health department is required to have a plan in place to provide antibiotics ...more »

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