Protection Framework

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The ideas we received so far were helpful in shaping the document and will also be considered as we continue to forge ahead in meeting the remaining milestones under PPD-8. To learn more about the status of PPD-8 efforts, visit www.fema.gov/ppd8. We appreciate your involvement.

The National Planning Frameworks for Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, and Response are available for review and comment here:www.fema.gov/ppd8. The frameworks are a deliverable called for in Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) and set the foundation for the implementation of the mission areas. As part of this effort, the frameworks lay out key roles and responsibilities among all partners, including local, state, tribal, territorial and federal governments, the private sector, voluntary, faith-based and community organizations, and the public. The National Disaster Recovery Framework was released in September and can be found in this PDF

FEMA and its partners want to discuss the Protection Framework with you. When we talk about “protection,” we are referring to the things we do every day to safeguard ourselves against acts of terrorism, and man made and natural disasters. This includes protecting our citizens, residents and visitors, as well as buildings, bridges, power and information systems, food supply, and other critical assets, systems and networks. The goal is to protect our nation against the greatest risks so that our interests, aspirations and way of life can thrive. Everyone in the community plays a role. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/ppd8.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas on each of the following topics:

  • Examples of how you protect your family, business, infrastructure, and community.
  • The roles that individuals, businesses, community organizations, infrastructure owners and operators, and others play related to protection.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss any or all of these topics. We look forward to hearing from you!


Protection Framework

Audio instructions reach almost everyone

We produce a very inexpensive audio device that is not reliant on wireless or electricity except for updates or recharge after long periods of time. This unit could be loaded with emergency information, general first aid instructions and other pertinent information in multiple languages and given to shelters or hotels that need to communicate in many languages on an emergency basis.

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Volunteer Spotter Networks

Our intelligence operatives have identified traits and habits that are easily identifiable and common to those persons seeking to engage in terrorist/ bioterrorist activities in the U.S. By training retired seniors and youth (college students), volunteer spotter networks may be trained and utilized to help identify potential terrorists in nearly every community. For reasons of security, I have not listed the terrorist ...more »

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Super-Mini 72 Hour Emergency Kit

For many years, I helped church groups promote 72 Hour Emergency Kits for members. Far too many individuals believe that disaster will never happen to them. Other people have excuses such as a lack of funds or time. To my disbelief, there always seems to be those who think it is governments responsibility to rescue them as needed. If too many kit items are suggested, people tend to object to collecting, managing, & ...more »

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Edible Landscaping for Food Security

Local food coops, farm-to-coop & school programs, urban farming (indoors & outdoors) all help to increase food security by having more foods grown closer to home ...while reducing exposure times for possible bioterrorist attack. I would add edible landscaping to the list to grow significant amounts of berries, fruits, & nuts closer to home. Such landscaping can be just as attractive as landscaping with non-edible plants, ...more »

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Need for Scientific Validation of Ideas & New Technologies

One of the forum members, on this site, emailed me to tell me of his frustration because DHS, FEMA, or others were not rushing to buy his idea ...although he had no patent or scientific evidence that his idea actually works. As an inventor, with 63 inventions, my policy is to seek universities that will conduct research on my innovation and affirm (by scientific evidence) that my idea works, and provides some benefit. ...more »

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Importance of Family Rally Points

During many emergencies family members may be easily separated, and the confusion or chaos during any disaster often makes it more difficult for families members to find each other. Each family needs to have a central rally point that is reasonably secure and relatively easy for each family member to reach, adjusted for individual means of transportation. Such a rally point starts with a safe location near a family's ...more »

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Homeland Security Reserve

What does everyone think about a Homeland Security Reserve comprised of Retired Police Officers like myself. This Reserve would unpaid but offered free travel and per-Diem while helping out with National Emergencies. There would probably have to be some sort of Physical Exam and limitations set but there is a very substantial amount of experience out there just going to waste. The Homeland Security Reserve would be ...more »

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GPS COORDINATES ON SIGNS! (SGPSLID)

Just recently I thought of the idea of street signs with GPS coordinates printed below them showing that signs location in relation to the street name or address. A longitude & latitude location in degrees and seconds showing these locations just under addresses and street sign locations. A (SGPSLID) Stationary #GPS Location ID. This will help recuers pin point locations via GPS coordinates making it easier and ...more »

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Minimal 72 Hour Emergency Kit

Over a period of 5 decades, I survived several major disasters because I had a complete 72 Hour Emergency Kit ...as I have posted on this forum. It seems that too many people believe they need no emergency kit since the government will rescue them. Another segment of our population cannot afford these kits even if they wanted them ... or they want to get by on the "cheap" hoping they will not meet with disaster. Thus, ...more »

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Dealing With Emergency Planning Failures

In order to deal effectively with any planning failure, it is first necessary to understand how and why they typically occur. The primary, relevant failures are: 1) A failure to learn; 2) A failure to adapt; and 3) A failure to anticipate. Flaws causing emergency planning failures include: A) Lack of imagination; B) Faulty assumptions; C) Analysis paralysis; D) A desire to protect the status quo; E) "Turf" battles; ...more »

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Homeland Security-Emergency Management Education-Collaboration

Homeland Security is about a collaborative national effort to secure the homeland from all-threats and all-hazards. National is used here in the sense of all levels of government: federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial; the public and private sectors; and the American people. All-threats and all-hazards is used in the sense of all intentional threats (crime, terrorism, war), natural (huricanes, earthquakes ...more »

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Get 72 Hour Emergency Kits in 4 Parts: Part 4

Please read and follow Part 1 instructions, and proceed to acquire your Part 4 kit items. To wit: 13) Maps, vital documents & family photos, area maps, originals of birth certificates, Social Security cards, passport, and driver's license. All this plus other vital documents also on a document storage device. 14) Special Needs: Infant formula, diapers, pet food, cash/ traveler's checks, barter items (such as silver ...more »

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