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.
  • Successful ways that you have seen whole community partners — including non-governmental organizations, volunteers, citizens and the private sector — contribute to preparedness.
  • The most critical unmet preparedness needs in your community.

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National Disaster Recovery Framework

This document was issued in the fall but no one seemed to notice or care. Why isn't the topic of long-term recovery from disasters on this list?

Why don't people care about the phase that is the longest and hardest?

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Resilient Communities

Many communities now have Citizens Corp or CERT units designed to assist in emergencies and disaster recovery. In some western counties, the Sheriff's Posse may serve similar functions. Distance education courses are available from FEMA to help train these entities in their respective roles in improving community resilience against disasters. More needs to be done to promote specific courses of instruction, and to have ...more »

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Standardized Emergency Communications

Most current emergency communications systems have flaws or weaknesses that may cause communications failures during emergencies; i.e. hardware may be damaged, high volume traffic is not possible, there is no system security, and so on. To counter all of these problems, I am suggesting standardized emergency communications based on two-way, text-messaging GIT Satellite pagers. The related satellite systems will support ...more »

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Vetting of people involved in discussion of Emergency Management

While I find this discussion forum a great idea to share ideas and to address concerns regarding emergency management, I have to also bring up the point of Security. While it is great to involve parties in discussion, at the same time, the forum is viewable to all. The discussions here do shed light on some weaknesses that could be exploited. This issue is the double edged sword of all information that is in the public ...more »

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Urban Evacuations or Shelter-in-Place

Some major disaster may require urban residents to evacuate and/or shelter-in-place. In both situations, people need to soon be made aware of the plan or plans so they can respond as required for their own safety. It takes advance planning, for both options, as regards making the needed water, food, sanitation, shelter, and communications available when and where needed ...for large numbers of people. In the case of ...more »

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72 Hour Kit Item-of-the Month

If you do a Google search for 72 hour kits, you will now find a confusing array of such kits ...some with inferior products, and some lacking essential items needed for evacuation support/ disaster recovery. I suggest that FEMA start and operate a website where citizens may nominate items they believe provide the best survival advantages and value. Each month, one of these items would be nominated as the best buy for ...more »

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Community Citizen Corps

With the many ideological & other divisions now found in the U.S., effective organization for disaster protection, relief, & recovery (both for natural & man-made disasters) will be based on creation of common interests at local/ community levels. We already have several types of CERTS, Citizen Corps, Community Watch Organizations, Community Councils, Neighborhood Watch structures, & Home Owners' Assoc. all working for ...more »

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Creation of subject groups in the thinktank

It might be wise to break out topics off the main think tank forum into groups such as Emergency planning, First responders,Preparedness,Communications, Training, etc. This would allow people with common interests and ideas to focus in one area, instead of mulling through a mile of posts that may not pertain to their area of knowledge. If a list of groups was compiled from here, maybe the moderators would consider this ...more »

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Public Information on Appropriate Donations

I've worked in volunteer management during disaster response for about three years in Missouri and I feel very strongly regarding the lack of intelligence when it comes to the public's view of donations. If the general public could have a means to learn the appropriateness of donated items, timing, and delivery process, the focus of donations managers would be clearer, and less stressful. I literally had a man bring me ...more »

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Sister Preparedness Communities

Communities with similar emergency preparedness/ disaster recovery problems should share ideas, plans, projects, preparations, and/or recovery efforts as sister cities/ communities. Not all great ideas come from the same place, so the more people working together, to help solve common problems, the better the solutions. For cities that are reasonably close, mutual assistance agreements might be feasible. In cases where ...more »

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Set Federal standard for radio identification order

In the field of disaster communications, NIMS and ICS has done a lot for standardizing terminology used by emergency responders. One aspect that I have not found to be addressed is that of radio identification order. Sender then receiver or receiver then sender (for example "Headquarters to Engine 1" or "Engine 1 from Headquarters"). There are pros and cons to each method, but a federal standard would help standardize ...more »

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Come together

We should all be responsible to respond in an emergency and not wait for someone else to save us.Not so much as individuals but as a community,organize ,communicate,and care for each other.There is strength in unity.

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