Strategic Foresight Initiative

The Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) is a transformative, community-wide effort to create an enduring foresight capability. It is intended to advance strategic planning and thinking about the future, to prepare the emergency management community both for emerging challenges and for the key opportunities presented by our changing environment. Its core focus is to understand the factors driving change in our world, and to analyze how they will impact the emergency management field in the United States over the next 20 years. Fundamentally, the SFI seeks two outcomes: (1) an emergency management community prepared for whatever challenges the future holds; and (2) a common sense of direction and urgency, to drive action toward meeting our shared future needs—starting today. Achieving these objectives will require ongoing conversations among diverse stakeholders, the creation of a common sense of awareness, and leadership throughout the community to make the needed changes to prepare our Nation for the future.

FEMA is only one member of the emergency management community. Therefore, to expand our community’s exposure to and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing us, the SFI engages all levels of government, non-profits, businesses and individuals. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input on the challenges and opportunities the future holds for emergency and disaster management. Your ideas will help shape the future work of the SFI.

The SFI adopted a rigorous approach to thinking about future needs for emergency management. The Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report represents the most comprehensive analysis to date of the future outlook facing those in our community of practice.

We are providing three discussion topics – highlighted in section III of the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 Report - for you to contribute and share your ideas with the emergency management community.

To learn more about SFI and to read additional research materials, we encourage you to visit our website.

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EMS capacity

Currently each state certifies/licences Emergency Medical System responders (EMT, Paramedic, RN). As I understand it there is no national recognition of state licenses. This means an EMT/paramedic from Oregon cannot respond to an incident in Ohio and still perform their level care as licensed in Oregon. This includes administering medicine/drugs. It would seem to me that states (or the feds) need to address this inability ...more »

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Gridded weather data

I think that there should be gridded weather data that shows accumulated scores within 1 KM grids that can be used with other data.

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Emergency protocol for cyberwarfare attack

There is an emergency need right now for all Americans to know what the protocol is for shutdown of all communications. This threat is imminent. Cyberattacks have already taken place on a massive scale in the last month or two. What is protocol on this? Banks shut down, cell phones shut down, television/cable shut down, etc. How to communicate and avoid TOTAL PANIC. How does economy function with no stock market, ...more »

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Strategic Foresight Initiative

The SFI utilized the Scenario-based Strategic Planning process. This is opposite of traditional strategic planning and plans. The weakness of traditional strategic planning is that planners simply extrapolate the present into the future to develop strategic plans. Scenario-based accepts that none of us can predict the future (anyone alive on September 10, 2001?), so strategic planning, or better yet, "developing strategies ...more »

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Iowa Cedar Rapids 2008 flood

While Flood Project Coordinator for Cedar Rapids, I repaired many much needed Park and Rec building. I really don't understand why we are still planning on spending any money for The Seminole Valley Farmstead that was flooded to 12 feet. The buildings are pretty much worthless with the exception of the ones that I repaird. Now the barn is condemned and so is the machinery shed. the tool shed washed away as well as the ...more »

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Creating a Culture of Preparedness and Resiliency

Establish a long term plan for cultural change and resiliency by developing curriculum for emergency preparedness in elementary, middle and high schools.

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Super Bowl Blackout

DHS or FEMA should not waste time in addressing concerns about a possible cyber attack which caused the widely reported abnormality resulting in the blackout at the Super Bowl.

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EOC Designations

Since Communications are so critical, barriers need to be taken down with the different folks and ESF's. Try putting up the name of the ESF and not just the number in your Emergency Operations Center. Also, civilians, military, law enforcement, etc. all speak a different language. How about doing a multiculturism training.

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Use GPS and Multiple use cards to reduce human trafficking

This post is to get people to think of new ways to solve this darn human trafficking and school safety challenges. Can inventors include the latest in GPS chips products to be securely placed in school IDs? Perhaps people could be given a card that serves as an all-in-one debit/school ID/Drivers license Card. A GPS chip would be included within these cards. Whenever a person is to buy gas, food or drinks you would use ...more »

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prevention of chaos at gas pumps in the event of power outage

In a recent power grid failure that affected Ohio and W. Virginia, I noticed long lines of cars at a gas station in Coolville, OH. The only station for miles that could pump gas because they had a back-up generator. Why can't we have gas stations at strategic locations in our communities that are equipped to handle these situations similarly. They should be located to minimize major traffic problems through long lines ...more »

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Barrier System SandMaster

With the SandMaster’s unique ability to fill, transport, securely close and place multiple sandbags, the protection of shoreline properties and communities from flooding and storm surges can be accomplished quickly without a whole lot of manpower. There is minimal time to create protective barriers prior to these storm events so creating large quantities of sandbags quickly and getting them in place can be the difference ...more »

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OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES INCREASING EXPONENTIALY EACH YEAR

Augmenting the current wild fire fighting methods by utilizing dry ice pellets on wild fires could give firefighters an unprecedented edge. PLANE AND HELICOPTER DROPS of volumes of dry ice pellets, similar to slurry and water drops from aircraft, followed by what could then be more effective water drops on 'cooled', less intense fire zones. BLASTING DRY ICE FROM WILD FIRE TRUCKS with equipment similar to that used to ...more »

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