The Whole Community: Planning for the Unthinkable

What is Whole Community?

In our nation’s effort to increase preparedness for every conceivable hazard, our biggest strength starts with you: Every individual and every organization has an important role in making our communities –and the nation as a whole –more resilient. In policy terms, we are taking a “Whole Community” approach to national preparedness. What that means in plain language is that we are actively working together with individuals, businesses, community- and faith-based organizations, schools, tribes and all levels of government to improve preparedness. In fact, the President signed Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness in March 2011, asking all of us to work together on this issue.

Help us Plan for the Unthinkable

Response
Response is focused on ensuring that the nation is able to respond effectively to any threat or hazard, including disasters that have ripple effects into other areas. We place an emphasis on saving and sustaining lives and stabilizing the incident, as well as meeting basic human needs as quickly as possible, restoring basic services and community functions, establishing a safe and secure environment, and supporting the transition to recovery.

The MetaScenario
Although we plan for all types of emergencies year around, we are taking this up a notch to challenge not just FEMA and its government partners – but the nation as a whole. The challenge is to find ever more innovative ways to fulfill critical needs when all of the usual and expected methods are unavailable. To do this, we are using what we call a “MetaScenario.” A MetaScenario is an event or combination of events so large that it seems almost inconceivable. In terms of numbers, this would be a disaster that affects millions of people, with hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries across a range of multiple states.

Sample MetaScenario
A Category 5 hurricane on the scale of Hurricane Andrew is fast approaching southern Florida, forcing mass evacuations in preparation for landfall. Even as the state takes its normal actions, hospitals across Florida and surrounding states are reporting unusually high numbers of patients exhibiting symptoms of a fatal and fast-spreading illness of unknown origin. Compounding both of these issues is a large population of non-English speaking residents and large elderly and disabled community. Clearly, both the pending hurricane and the rapidly spreading illness are critical priorities. All hospitals are full or in the hurricane path. Forty percent or more of the first responders are, or soon will, exhibit signs of illness, further weakening the resources typically used to help and further taxing the system. As the hurricane makes landfall, 7 million people across Florida are in an evacuation zone. Over 190,000 people are dead from the mystery illness, which is now believed to be food-born and not contagious, but still the source is unknown. Another 265,000 are requiring immediate medical attention. Furthermore, transportation workers, utility workers, and other key response workers are among those impacted by the illness, and are unable to keep up with power outages and other infrastructure failures.

Campaigns

The campaigns below are designed to stimulate creative, out-of-the box thinking. After reading the sample MetaScenario above, tell us how you think the private sector could help fulfill urgent needs listed below. We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on any or all of the following topics:

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Local emergency power sources

I like the idea of sustainable power sources. Generators are more of a short term solution. A facility could have hundreds of gallons of gas, diesel or propane, but they would run out if the disaster was very long. Adding in solar, wind, water, hydrogen (which is renewable), geothermal and other natural source for power could help. No solution will work in all cases ie EMP or high winds may knock out any of these. My ...more »

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For Catastrophic Emergencies

Robert N Franz

robertfranz4you@yahoo.com

 

To Good Sirs at Fema;

 

I have made a 12 point consideration plan which can serve as a template as to how to respond to emergencies. Right now, it is not possible for this description to be accepted by you; but I am hoping that a government agency representative would comment on it.

Thanking you in motivation to act on regional disasters: Robert N. Franz

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Help Us Change lives 1 disaster at a Time..."The Beluga Bag

Is there anybody out there listening? This product will save local, state and governmental agencies millions; it will save families the heartache of having to start over during the aftermath of a horrific storm. The Beluga Bag™ was inspired by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita; it was created to Protect, Preserve and Save all of those items (e.i. automobiles, furniture, clothing and important documents just to name ...more »

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Most People Need Incentive To Give Of Their Time-RE tax credit?

Unfortunately, most people need some form of personal incentive to motivate dedication of their personal time. Communities/States should offer incentives such as Real Estate Property tax (percentage) relief for active participation in CERT/Citizen auxiliary responders. RE property owners are the most stable/constant source for participants in a community. Such incentive could be authenticated/verified through formal ...more »

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Create a historical database to prevent terrorism

Just thinking of maybe creating a historical database, with great detail, of all terrorist acts that happened around the world in the past 100 years, have a few people become experts at the knowing what's in the database, then proceed to prepare a metascenario as to how such acts can be thwarted. Next, create another database of new potential threats with current technology or nuclear, chemical, biological warfare and ...more »

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Keeping our voluteers engaged and interested

CERT has proven to be an invaluable program throughout many cities, counties, and states following disasters. One of the most difficult tasks for program managers is inventing avenues to keep our volunteers interested in between our disasters. With that in mind, Los Angeles Fire Department CERT utilizes several platforms to disseminate useful information and refresher opportunities to all volunteers interested in spending ...more »

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Prepare to Prosper! Say NO to fear- & threat-based preparedness

Preparedness and being ready to mobilize assets to address community needs can be a positive, life- and health-affirming conversation for all people -- IF we separate it from the doom and gloom disaster messages. At CARD we have a entire curriculum built around the Prepare to Prosper concept. We believe we can help any agency build their everyday brilliance into their disaster resilience. It's positive messaging and ...more »

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Develop COADs

Communities can come together and create COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disasters). This is a replicable program that involves no federal support. What it takes is motivation and a little work. Since character limits restrict my ability to give a thorough understanding of my meaning I would direct you to these links for examples of COADs from all over the United States. http://www.continuityinsights.com/articles/2009/06/public-private-partnerships-coads-voads-and-more ...more »

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CERT

There needs to be a nation wide effort to have more participation in the C.E.R.T. program.

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Business Ideas

I suggest those whom are familiar with PSD in their entireity contact the Congressmen and State Rep's alike. Its sad to say we aren't proactive or reactive until something such as a Katrian happens. Like most it can and will never happen to me. There should be a local think tank on State level who should be involved as well spreading the word and the importance of Conituity and NIMS process.

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proactive preparedness

‎3 converging unrecoverable disasters - fukushima (nuclear/fossil fuel environmental poisoning), irreversible climate change, and GMO food contamination. USDA must ban gmo foods. NRC must stop licensing and start decommissioning existing plants, DOE must promote sustainable decentralized alternative energy. Price Anderson Act must be repealed. Our respective departments MUST start getting active on prevention of these ...more »

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S.T.O.R.M. (Sharing Together Our Resources & Means, Inc.

STORM is a partnership of community, interfaith, business, and goverment organizations dedicated to building and managing resources in order to address the long erm needs associated with disaster

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