Emergency Management, Healthcare and Public Health

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Share your thoughts on how we can increase coordination and collaboration (before, during, or after an emergency) within the emergency management, healthcare and public health sectors.

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Individual Air Borne Virus Disease Protection Device

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Crisis at the Border

I think it would be a good idea to enlist the help of local and state emergency response organizations to help with our current problems on the border with Mexico.

 

It would provide much needed help and provide valuable training that could be used to improve disaster management programs.

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AFG Program

Please include All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) in your Assistance to Firefighters Program. They used to be eligible but have not been for several years. ATVs are badly needed in rural areas to access wildland vegetation and muddy areas. A new brush-ready ATV costs over $30,000; most of our smaller rural departments do not have adequate revenues to purchase one. I am a grant writer and small town resident. I get a lot of requests ...more »

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Location Specific Hazard and Preparedness Info in Parks

Local communities and individual residents in general lack the skills, education and know-how to properly prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters. This can be attributed to many factors but the following three major factors will be discussed here. First, people in general have failed to be prepared for emergencies and disasters because they have not been made aware of the dangers and hazards that may affect their ...more »

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Uniform Federal Good Samaritan Law

I would pass legislation at the federal level that indemnified licensed medical professionals from liability during an emergency in which they need to practice triage, etc. That way, the professional does not have to think about whether they will get sued or not if they help a person when they are on vacation in state in which they do not know the laws.

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FEMA New Inventions Panel To Review New Devices

Google; Michael V. Caldwell Inventor treating apparatus, I will donate, my potential life saving Invention, Personalized Health Dispensing Device, and any help that I can give concerning this Invention to FEMA at no cost, just the gratification of knowing that I made a difference in our World. I am not alone, I am sure there are other Inventors who would do the same. FEMA, could set up a professional panel that ...more »

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NIMS and National Pandemic Strategies

This is another opportunity to enhance the synchronization between NIMS and the more dated but current national pandemic strategies and plans to include the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (2005),1 National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza - Implementation Plan (2006) 2 and HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (2005)3. The importance of cooperation, coordination and collaboration in planning and preparing for a pandemic ...more »

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Local Emergency Medical Clinics in Underserved Areas

Consider establishing a program with input from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, State and local governments to establish emergency clinics in underserved area based on response time to existing trauma centers or emergency clinics. Staffing could be coordinated with teaching hospitals, medical schools and other health care worker training programs. Veteran's Administration might also be a source for ...more »

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Sharing Chemical Safety Information with Medical Facilities

Current federal law requires facilities with significant inventories of hazardous chemicals on site to notify the local fire department of the existence and location of those chemicals. Similarly, local medical facilities should be notified of the storage of significant amounts of toxic chemicals so that they may plan for mass casualty events involving those chemicals.

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Rural Healthcare Disparity in America

For decades our Group has confronted this critical issue in Florida and it is well known in all Rural Communities throughout our Nation. Craig Fugate is well aware of the instance of 4 Hurricanes cris-crossing the section of Polk County Florida in one short period. The community was ill prepared to handle such. The same is true on a daily basis for ordinary Healthcare access and delivery in our Rural Communities. ...more »

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Consolidation Of Resources

As a responder to several incidents of national significance with FEMA, USFS and DMAT (Department of Health and Human Services), one common trait I have observed is the duplication of efforts and the lack of experience for some responders (IE No task book initiation for command and general staff position for NDMS responders). Between FEMA, USFS and NDMS, each have their own overhead teams, spend money on said teams ...more »

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Identification of approved workers in a disaster

As I watched the terror unfold in Boston I was alarmed that the workers were just wearing simple yellow vests that can be bought at Walmart and the ID tags were on a variety of lariats with the photo ID facing the owners body rather than the public.Lariats can be bought anywhere and any ID added. I believe that a specific vest in a color, fabric and design should be provided and available after passing a background check ...more »

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A new first aid training model in a post-9/11 world

Given the likelihood of an increased volume of natural disasters, technological catastrophes, pandemics, and terrorist events it is time to reconsider our existing first aid training model. At present, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, routinely offer first aid training to first responders as well as to the general public. However, this approach is no longer enough. A key challenge is the small ...more »

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A plan to reduce gun violence in the US

Major Topics Keep Situation in Perspective Reframe Discussion Public Education Engage Stakeholders Move Quickly Improve School Safety Reduce Youth Violence Prevent Suicide Check Backgrounds + Keep Records Control Manufacture + Sale Restrict Ownership Minimally Raise Price + Increase Cost of Illegal Gun Acquisition Train 4 Safety Report loss + theft of firearms Detect Incidents Store + Keep Arms ...more »

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Hurricane Sandy

Proposed steps to aid in the rebuilding process follow: a.) Dry in roofs of structurally sound homes and businesses. b.) Provide power to structurally sound homes and businesses (Not through the existing electrical distribution systems within the homes and businesses). c.) ID badge all occupants and vendors working or living within affected areas. d.) Secure affected areas with the National Guard to prevent theft ...more »

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Change FEMA

Here's novel idea....Change the perception of what FEMA is supposed to be. Start putting the word out that FEMA is NOT there to provide people with emergency supplies before a disaster. Put the word out that FEMA is NOT responsible for their safety during and after a disaster. All of that is supposed to occur at the LOCAL level, and that includes homeowners taking responsibility for themselves. FEMA should also be ...more »

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Retired Homeland Security persons for Surge Capacity Force

The current Surge Capacity Force requires current government workforce to volunteer for up to 45 days. Not many people can do that and fewer bosses would allow it. If you would allow recent DHS retirees into the SCF you can leverage all their experience, without salaries or missing the person from his regular job. I cannot leave my current job now but once I retire I will be a whole lot more flexible. Provide a place ...more »

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AWGs from Drinkable Air

A company down in Florida makes these AWGs, Atmospheric Water Generators, that provide pure clean water from the humidity in the air. They come in sizes from producing 8 gallons daily to 1000s of gallons daily. I think they can even be designed to run on solar power. FEMA should consider purchasing at least one unit to see how it easily it can be transported and set up for operation whenever and wherever the water source ...more »

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NEDOCS

The National Emergency Department Overcrowding Score is a standard measure for hospital crowding.

 

NEDOCS can be used to standardize surge plans for hospitals. Several leading hospitals around the country have already implemented surge plans based on NEDOCS.

 

FEMA should adopt NEDOCS and use NEDOCS.org as a vehicle to organize all of USA's hospitals in times of regional crises.

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Emergency Healthcare and Public Health - Prevention

Focussing on preventative care and prevention of debilitating diseases by having citizens make a concerted effort to take care of their physical and mental health. Promotional programs for the elderly, at-risk youth, children, single mothers, pregnant women, the poor, drug addicts, alcohol addicts, obese people, cancer and aids victims, which could be done through television in a very step-by-step simplified manner, and ...more »

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