Looking Back, Looking Forward—FEMA Think Tank 2.0

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Freedom to build/remodel

Building projects and remodel work is being slowed/stopped by FEMA flood rules. I understand the FEMA standpoint of not wanting to be liable for these projects if they flood, but how about in the case those who don't borrow money or insure against floods, can those be free to "pursue happiness" on their own property? Why not a warning instead of a regulation?

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Gaming Idea boards

Gaming Idea boards for higher points is easy if you know what you're doing. There's a simple way to get points for Ideas, comments, etc., and the way Idea board points are awarded needs to be corrected. Not all good Ideas bubble up to the top.

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Federal Tax Credits for Mitigation Efforts

Back in 1992, Energy Star (a government-backed program sponsored by EPA and the Dept of Energy helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency) was born for products and practices that promote energy efficiency. This public –private partnership (to date over 20,000 public and private sector organizations!) built a globally recognized consumer branding system and absolutely ...more »

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FEMA-Provided Deployable Generators for Gasoline

Part 1 of 2. As a Hurricane Katrina and Camille survivor, in Biloxi MS. Could FEMA plan and execute locations to deploy generators to strategic-located gasoline stations. Yes, the state's building electrical codes, from Texas along the coast-line to Maine and next-door neighbor states 250 miles inland, should make new construction and modifications for the building hook up mandatory/inspectable. However, similar to ...more »

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Automate disaster relief

This link below is how the military can create new housing in record time. http://www.armedforces-int.com/article/rapid-deployment-military-shelters-fast-installation.html Can these tents be used to house people in the N.E. before the cold temperatures occur? Can generators, space heaters, canned food, bottled water and coats be airlifted, with the tents, to these areas? Are there other inventions that the military have ...more »

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open homes for a family in need

My wife Judi has an idea that I think is wonderful. How about creating a list or a network of people that will allow those in need of housing a place to stay until they can rebuild or at least get back on their feet. Our children are grown and we have a few extra bed rooms, and we would be more than happy to allow a needy family hit by a disaster to stay with us in our home. If not a live network, how about a volunteer ...more »

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Libraries and Athletic Clubs

It seems that because public and college libraries are already set up with security that setting them up either as places for the disaster responders to rest/relax at and/or to provide shelter is logical and would require minimal efforts. For example, why not provide back-up generators for libraries and contract with them to aid in a disaster instead of closing up? The same for athletic clubs that have security and ...more »

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Bring Comfort through Music

Though I am not an expert on this subject, I believe people need routines and new hope for those who are hurting after any disaster. I am especially concerned with the affects of this disaster on children. Can churches or the Salvation Army set up outdoor masses to bring some sort of routine to people? There could be inspirational songs to sing and live music to help sooth hurting hearts. A chorus of the youth could ...more »

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