Strategic Foresight Initiative: Putting Foresight Into Practice

FEMA’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) is a transformative, community-wide effort to create an enduring foresight capability. The goal of SFI is to advance strategic planning and thinking about the future. The intent is to prepare the emergency management community for new challenges and opportunities presented by our changing environment.

The SFI report Crisis and Disaster Resilience 2030 focused on a deep analysis of future emergency management needs. The more recent document Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice shifts the focus from theory towards practice. This document is intended to demonstrate the value of strategic foresight, inspire new thinking, and highlight the contributions of members of the Whole Community who are currently taking forward-leaning action to enhance disaster resilience.

On this IdeaScale page, we would like to invite you to contribute your suggestions for individuals, organizations, or projects that in some way address any of the 15 SFI Strategic Needs (found on pages 13-23 of the 2030 report or page 40 of the Toward More Resilient Futures report). These “needs” were developed during a scenario planning workshop where alternative future worlds were considered by a wide spectrum of disaster management professionals. The strategic needs represent the approaches, tools, and partnerships required to build resilience in the context of these multiple hypothetical futures.

We appreciate your efforts to help us locate, spotlight, and learn from the stories of those who are thinking ahead and building resilience now. In your post, please describe why you believe their work fulfills one or multiple SFI Strategic Needs.

To learn more about SFI and to read additional research materials, we encourage you to visit our website.

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AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY ELECTRICITY DURING POWER OUTQGE

USING A SINGLE 240 WATT SOLAR PANEL, RE-CHARGING TWO 12 VOLT, 100 AMPERE-HOUR BATTERIES, A SINGLE RELAY, AND A 2,000 WATT 12 VOLT DC TO 120 VOLT AC INVERTER DRIVING A SPECIAL POWER RECEPTACLE, THIS SYSTEM CAN PROVIDE EMERGENCY ELECTRICAL POWER FOR REFRIGERATORS, LIGHTS, AND HEATING FOR SEVERAL DAYS AS LONG AS SOME SUNLIGHT IS AVAILABLE, AND AT LEAST ONE DAY IF NO SUNLIGHT IS AVAILABLE. BY USING A GRID TIED INVERTER, ...more »

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Smart Rebuilding

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Resilience and preparedness; a differing opinion

I reject the notion that collectively, citizens are ill or un-prepared for disaster, and that it is somehow incumbent upon governments to ameliorate this situation. There are populations that are found to depend on others, at varying degrees, for their life, health and/or welfare and find they’re either unwilling or unable to cope and persevere in the face of change or adversity. Individual and organizational resilience ...more »

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No Tech/Low Tech Emergency Planning for Seniors

Between WebEOC, hundreds of different emergency text messaging systems, cell phone apps and other technological tools which help responders and EOC operations, we are becoming dependent on technology, but what happens to those seniors who don't use facebook, twitter, cell phones or the internet? Their idea of 'technology' is the evening newscaster, an AM radio personality and/or a newspaper. I fear we are focusing too ...more »

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Regional/HQ Organization Pitfalls prevented by strong RISCs

Working routinely with FEMA Regional offices, I have witnessed a lack of national vision as program managers. Whereas I work within an ESF agency, there is a lack of discussion of lessons learned around the nation and how those can be brought to bear on each Region. There is not a sense that the Regions are working together accross state borders and sharing success templates. I have frequently seen that even within ...more »

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