Innovative Models and Tools

We welcome your thoughts and ideas on the following topics to address the six strategic needs identified within the Innovative Models and Tools category:

  • Actions currently under way
  • Other actions that could be under way
  • Challenges we face in implementing actions
  • Potential solutions to address the challenges we face in implementing actions

The six strategic needs identified under this category include the following:

  • Adopt new risk management tools and processes in order to manage cascading consequences of interactions among infrastructure and all hazards.
  • Employ alternative surge models to meet the challenging confluences of social, technological, environmental, economic, and political factors and conditions.
  • Establish flexible frameworks that optimize emergency management inter-operability across all boundaries, because of increasing jurisdictional and technological complexities.
  • Plan and coordinate around shared interests and interdependencies to exercise the entire range of emergency management capabilities.
  • Remediate hidden vulnerabilities in critical supplies – from water to energy to medical products –to offset threats to the full scope of emergency management activities.
  • Influence the development of emerging technologies that advance emergency management capabilities.

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

Innovative Models and Tools

Two-Story Cinder Block Houses

Many coastal Cinder Block houses are two stories of Cinder block, and cannot be raised and too costly to raze and rebuild with break-away walls. In A zones. making the bottom floor just garages and storage, and living above that and the Base flood elevation requirements should qualify for ICC and Hazard grants which it appears now is not the case. The bottom floor must have flood vents to equalize pressure on walls in ...more »

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Utilize survivors in call centers

Design virtual call centers supplementing FEMA’s own, employing disaster survivors in their own recovery. Utilize technology and existing facilities such as hotels to establish instant call centers capable of registering survivors and providing referral information. Rollout hotel-based, VOIP-enabled, Internet-linked virtual call centers, staffed with disaster victims tasked to handle applicant questions and issues; ...more »

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Egypt / Cairo at Modern techniques for Civil Protection (Fire)

Egyptian invent the first innovation in the world to put out forest fires Look at the world of modern technology to put out major fires https://sites.google.com/site/eln7rawyproject -------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.agricultureegypt.com/NewsDetails.aspx?CatID=90fa0b06-9fcb-4093-b5ab-249a5c4ac42f&ID=c4fe6569-97b9-40e8-a218-3593b8ba2fea#.UULTIhw0xBh ------------------------------------------------------------------- ...more »

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Man Down Technology

Senthe identity and position / location of the downed officer and where they were stabbed or shot. The technology can simply in increase their chances of survival by providing redundant automatic help without human input or the necessity to push a hot button they have on their radio. Unlike your cell phone, this technology does not need to be recharged, it has a battery life that exceeds the life of the bullet proof ...more »

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Pre-buy millions of kits, store them in new warehouses.

Emergency planners should pre-buy needed supplies, like canned foods and pre-package emergency kits for millions of people. They would do this each month before and during a new storm season. Organizers should include water rubber containers in the emergency kits. These containers would be placed in kitchen sinks and bathtubs filled with water from faucets. This way, the sheer weight of hauling bottled water could be ...more »

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Disaster Preparedness and Response Business Management Process

Portions of this process have already been legislated and implemented as the means for NIMS and in initial stages for Emergency National Alerts and Warnings. The next stages are to be the implementation of the National Emergency Communications Plan and the National Catastrophic Plan which can operate thru an android or laptop. The process is capable of integrating all disparate softwares as well as all Communications ...more »

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Convert Federal Data RSS to GEO RSS

There is a tremendous amount of data out there created and maintained by Federal Agencies that can be leveraged in Spatial Viewers. As they each create different viewers for their data, we are left with multiple windows to view the data. RSS has helped with pushing this information. If we could have a standard for changing these feeds to GEO RSS, then we could leverage this data in Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. ...more »

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NOAA Sites and Seimic Monitoring

In seismic hazard areas, combine weather and riverine montioring stations with seismic monitoring. Example in the Puget Sound we have many USGS and WS DOE Stream Gages and Weather Stations in areas of higher ground shaking. Why not add seismic monitoring to these stations to take advantage of existing sites!

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Index based Insurance for high exposure risk prone communities

As climate science, weather prediction and DRR converge new opportunities arise. Insurance is slowly adapting but is still largely based on pooled risk and post event payouts. Index based insurance could allow for pre-event payouts for certain events that allow communities to better respond and prepare. Its market friendly with low political risk and empowering for exposed communities. It also allows for the decoupling ...more »

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Homes and emergency shelters

One way to build homes that can both protect people living in hareas of risk of disasters can be build houses of pre-fabricated panels of plywood reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber or kevlar in joints and seams.But the kevlar and carbon fiber only in joints and seams because it very expensive Reasons: They are lightweight and do not crumble into pieces on people in case of earthquakes _ Quickly transported, ...more »

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Permanent and Temporary Flood protection Gripper System

Our Gripper System is a fully structural, engineered and vegetated solution for temporary flood control or permanent shoreline protection. The Gripper connector can be used with conventional sandbags or our permanent bio-bags and deployed rapidly to strengthen the structure by 3-4x. The Gripper can be collected from a temporary structure and reused many times. For areas that flood repeatedly a permanent structure is ...more »

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