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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.

Resource Distribution: After reading the above scenario, tell us how you think the private sector can find ways to draw on private sector capabilities and expertise to help establish a more effective national logistics capability to move and distribute all the material and supplies needed to meet the needs of 1.5 million disaster survivors within the first 72 hours of a response.

All of topics are designed to stimulate creative, out-of-the box thinking. We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on all of the topics.

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Water first, food later...

The human brain is 75% water - moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness Blood is 92% water. Muscles are 75 % water Bones are 22% water Water is vital for body temperature regulation, therefore fluid replacement is vital. During summer when the temperature increases, your body requires even more fluid to maintain it's normal body temperature. 1-5% Thirst, vagueness. Discomfort, increased pulse, nausea 6-10% ...more »

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CERT Material in Brazilian Portuguese

I am involved with NGOs working in Brazil, especially in the mountainous regions of Rio de Janeiro, which were badly hit by landslides at the start of last year. As a local preparedness effort, I have created CERT teams and translated much of the material into Brazilian Portuguese. I would like to know if anyone is working on Brazilian Portuguese versions of the CERT program for Brazilians who reside within the US, ...more »

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FEMA Trailers

With the non-used/non-distributed trailers being housed in a parking lot in Cobleskill, NY and recently advertised as being available to sell, wouldn't it be more prudent to reassign them to the tornado devostated areas of the U.S where peoples' home have been demolished?

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Renewable energy, water and communications

Dropping water from helicopters is a wonderful help - but a short term fix. We need solar powered water purification systems that use surface water and can be dropped or driven into place in the first few days of disaster. These stations must communicate and be on real time situational awareness dash board with status updates....location, filter status, amount of water available, water pumped....smallest units pump and ...more »

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Have Booth at Every Public Event

We (Pemberton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey) try to have a booth at every public event where large crowds are expected. When we have other duties at an event, we usually have an Awareness/Recruiting booth. At the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival (where the modern cultivated blueberry was developed), we asked everyone who came near our booth, "Are you prepared for a disaster?" We handed out brochures and recruited ...more »

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Water, Then Food

Regardless of where you get the water (I would NOT use the 15 gallons in my water heater even if I could get them out--electricity loss means water loss in my neighborhood). you need large quantities in ready supply. CERT members think in terms of a 3-day disaster. That means water before food. We recommend 1 gallon per person per day. For the non-human members of the family, you may need a bit less (a wolf-dog hybrid ...more »

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Real-Time Emergency Service Allocation Response System (RESARS)

Rapid disaster information systems are becoming important means for strengthening prevention and social resilience against the adverse effects of major natural events and should therefore become the keystones of disaster mitigation. According to reported statistics from losses due to past earthquake, it seems that earthquake early-warning systems have not been so successful in real disastrous situations. Although there ...more »

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FEMA should hire seasonal US Forest Service personal

FEMA would do well to hire the soon to be released "seasonal" US Forest Service Wildland Firefighters to do tree clearence and other recovery duties. The USFS has highly trained tree cutters, sawyers, who have been cuting trees in fires all summer. They are about to be released for the winter off season. Switch them over to FEMA or have the USFS extend their season to go help. You could send hundreds of these men and ...more »

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Critical Resource Staging

Critical needs for basics, particularly clean water and fuel, are common to most crisis events (e.g., Katrina, Irene, Charlie, and now, Sandy). We can stage tanker trucks of fuels (gasoline, kerosine, LP) and water with portable "self-powered" pumping stations outside of harms way. In the immediate aftermath of a catastrophy these trucks can be deployed in great number to every major section of a disaster zone to provide ...more »

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Sandy Fuel shortage work around

I'm a retired electrical contractor. Saw this morning a story on fuel shortages due to no power at the gas stations. There probably is a huge amount of fuel now stored that way. I also see the power trucks Being shipped in to restore power. The military has generator trucks & Portable gens could be provided to the power crews. It would be relatively simple for these crews to isolate the power panels at the stations ...more »

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Sharing land and infrastructure

Sharing the driveways and infrastructure, neighbors may accomodate trailer homes which come with all the appliances and may be connected to the utilities and sewers during the reconstruction time. The middle lands which used to have Mobil Home Parks may be restored to offer quick accomodations and independence to people. Owners of 2 or 3 homes that are not rented should offer those homes to people who are homeless after ...more »

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Neighbors sharing land

Sharing the driveways and infrastructure, neighbors may accomodate trailer homes which come with all the appliances and may be connected to the utilities and sewers during the reconstruction time. The middle lands which used to have Mobil Home Parks may be restored to offer quick accomodations and independence to people. Owners of 2 or 3 homes that are not rented should offer those homes to people who are homeless after ...more »

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