Building and Sustaining Preparedness: A National Campaign

Our nation’s resilience depends on you and your neighbors preparing for potential hazards in your communities. We want to increase outreach efforts and encourage everyone to take actionable steps to be prepared.

We’ve extended the conversation period and your posts on the topics listed below will help us begin to develop a national campaign encouraging people to take actions in their everyday lives to prepare for disasters. This effort is a major part of Presidential Policy Directive 8 / PPD-8: National Preparedness – and it is one of the most visible ways the whole community will be involved in keeping our nation safe and resilient.

Click the links below to access the topic’s page, where you can post your ideas, and read and comment on others’ ideas. We look forward to hearing from you now and as more topics are posted.

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Educate homeowners about rebuilding process

Although FEMA response efforts generally focus on life safety matters, in recent years it has been burdened with rebuilding. I believe this happened because there is no one government agency that oversees construction. For example, there are agencies at state level that address workers' comp. There are state agencies that regulate licensing. There are agencies at state and federal level that address fraud. In response ...more »

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A Crazy Idea of How To Correct A Flooded Area. CS

Pardon me for saying this as I'm not a vulcanologist but one of the biggest crisis we have in the US and many parts of the world is flooding. Tons of water where no place for this water to go. So,.what can we do. Let's look at this. From time to time there is another traggic event that hapenes and that is the discovery of a "sink-hole"! A sink-hole apprears in foreign countries and have appearred in the US as well. So ...more »

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Portable power supply units(vehicles). CS

When an area is struck by a disaster the most major thing people are in need of is power for many things from air cleaning and ac to heat and lights for searching for survivors. I am currently working on the composition of a vehicle that can supply volunteers that go into a "Disaster Area" with rechargable power units,lighting,communication units, and several other power reliant sources that are detromental to such "Disaster ...more »

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It is not a messaging problem, it's a knowledge problem

Perhaps a more significant problem than messaging is our lack of qualified knowledge of the capabilities and assets that reside in the very neighborhoods we assume are deficient. Then, we are puzzled at the absence of success in applying our typically “needs-oriented” solutions. As a result we foster a community of residents that behave as clients dependent on the insufficient services of outside organizations. Dependency ...more »

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Use of EMPG funded positions to supplement FEMA

FEMA funds many state/county emergency management positions. FEMA should consider adding, as part of the grant agreement, the voluntary deployment of EMPG funded personnel to assist in disaster response and recovery. First FEMA would gain a cadre of emergency management employees with knowledge, skills, experience and abilities that could greatly help FEMA perform their mission. By assigning state EMPG funded employee ...more »

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Manual pump for gasoline

There use to be Manual pumps to get gasoline. If we could revise them & put one at various locations then we wouldn't need electricity to get gasoline after storms. It might even be less expensive than generators.

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temporary housing

The fact that there does not appear to be a rapid response to be able to provide temporary housing in disaster areas where people have lost their homes is not acceptable. We know these disasters are going to continue to happen, and in many cases there is ample warning time to prepare. We should think about how the armed forces must move and adapt quickly to changing conditions and events, and then applied that to natural ...more »

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floating, flying, rolling cities of hope-from gainesville fl

using unemployed people and surplus government and military equipment to create 3 cities of hope. 1 - rolling - has a home base which can be activated quickly and moved into lg transportation carriers to move by land. 2 - flying - lg cargo planes capable of flying city of hope. 3 -floating - use of lg retired military or commercial ships. The cities of hope would be capable of instant deployment to any location and would ...more »

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First Responder

I am NFPA & IFSAC certified in Fire fighting & First responder.There has got to be a system set up so that we are mobilized through FEMA. Watching Sandy victims when I know we are more than qualified to do what we are trained for.Governor's have data for all their EMA offices & the First responders. We need a central system.This has been the case for years.Organization is not a strong suit for FEMA. Why haven't all EMA ...more »

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Construction Talk Radio

A live interactive dialog designed to be duplicated nationwide. Sustainable due to construction advertisers. A venue where professionals and officials network the building industry for awareness, preparation and mitigation. Already proven a top rated radio program in northern CA, the pilot program a huge success. Now the task of listener-ship gain and duplication to create a nationwide disaster awareness network. See ...more »

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Preparing for Recovery and the NDRF

When first-responders leave the scene of a disaster, the survivors often become overwhelmed by the trauma, shock, and stress brought about by losing their home or being displaced. The state of chaos created by disasters coupled with the lack of knowledge of what to do in the aftermath makes disaster survivors vulnerable to making uninformed decisions or falling prey to the many pitfalls that accompany post-disaster scenarios. ...more »

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highlands promise stage 1 prt 2

each family will now have knowledge to give them some peace of mind in them knowing what to expect they will also be able to go online and view a three deminsionial walk through of their homes so they can make changes to make their homes more efficient green if u will [our zone organizers can also teach the family the how to assist in the aftermath with building skills {{Jimmy Carter built 100 homes in a week }} Stage ...more »

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