Presidential Policy Directive 8

Everyone can contribute to safeguarding the nation from harm.” This sentiment, expressed by President Obama, is the foundation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8). PPD-8, signed by President Obama in March 2011, calls on all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens to play a more active and well-defined role in strengthening the nation’s security and resiliency. PPD-8 sets a vision for an America that is prepared for our greatest risks, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or pandemics. The directive calls for a number of actions to be taken in the near term to improve our security and resilience.

With help from across the whole community, FEMA and its partners have created a National Preparedness Goal, which sets the vision for building a more resilient and secure nation, and a National Preparedness System, which identifies the programs, processes and tools for achieving that vision.You also helped inform the contents of the first annual National Preparedness Report. The Report documents the significant progress the nation has made in the areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

FEMA and its partners are now focusing on the next set of activities. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input into the development of these activities over the coming months. Your ideas and votes help us understand what works in the real world — in your community, school, or business. Together, we can make the nation more resilient and secure.

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Tracking Beacons for Persons Living in High-Threat Areas

Tracking beacons have become smaller, more reliable, and less costly. These beacons are now being used as part of fleet management, the they track contestants in rallies or races, and are used for special operations. For persons who insist on living in flood zones, or other high threat areas, I suggest that life insurance companies provide reduced premium payments for policy holders who buy a beacon and keep it with them. ...more »

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1st responder caught in jihad attack or general firefight

Just thought it might be a good idea for fire,police, and ems to carry a bug out type bag in their vehicles. If they should wind up in the middle of a fire-fight or some type of jihad attack, a bag with items useful to keep them alive or to be able to be of assistance in a violent situation. Also some survival training and training on the best possible reactions for 1st responders if they do get caught in the ...more »

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Identification of someone with a disability

On our emergency task force we are commited to be proactive in deveoping ways of making sure we have done our best to evacuate safely people with a disability. The problem we have is that they are very reluctant to self identify. How have others overcome this problem. For example, we have asked disabled employee to sign up to participate in a BUDDY program so we could match them with an able-bodied person willing to help ...more »

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Consider Capacity of all

Following an emergency event, let's be respectful of everyone having capacity to make constributions. Labels such as functional capacity, special needs and mobility needs, presupposes a lack of ability to provide natural supports. Le'ts value the natural capacity that individuals can share so there will be more positive supports for all to survive an event.

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Resolving the "Ghost" Response Problem(s)

In attempting to deal with major disasters, a significant number of first responders and support personnel (such as bus drivers needed for emergency urban evacuation) do not report for duty. Typically, they have gone to help their own families escape or recover from the disaster. To deal with this problem it is necessary to have extra emergency response personnel ... and to have plans to assist the families of these ...more »

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CBRNE Aftermath and Spiritual Support Preparation

In aniticipation of a disaster where a community/area may experience a CBRNE event, the familiar will quickly turn into a scene of major disruption. Neighborhoods will be made unrecognizable and the daily flow of "business as usual" will suddenly change without warning. Many people will seek out the help of available religious leadership and look for solice in the spiritual symbols of their faith to empower and sustain ...more »

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Engineering: A Vital Part of Emergency Preparedness

Engineering mistakes and omissions tend to magnify the damage caused during major disasters. When attacked by terrorists, using aircraft as missiles, the Twin Towers reportedly collapsed quickly because steel members of those towers lacked proper insulation against fire. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans quickly flooded due to engineering mistakes on coastal areas and protective levees. One year ago, a tsunami ...more »

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Update Railroads for Hurricane/ Traffic Reduction

South Jersey has the Nation's worst Hurricane/Tidal Surge Situation. It is a Hurricane Flood Plain more than a hundred miles long and an average altitude of 12 feet, with more than five million people living in it, and only two roads out. And about a half million people without cars. The 19th Century Railroad tracks are still there. If they were repaired, a million people, plus all of the Fire Apparatus, School Buses, ...more »

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Electro Magnetic Pulse(EMP) Survival Bug Out Bags

Detailed preparation suggestions to create an emergency exit kit for each family member. In case communications are down, families need emergency plans including out of town family member contingency plans. FEMA needs to advertise their website and more user friendly data bases.

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Evaluating Community Resilience

As part of emergency preparedness communities should undertake a self-evaluation to determine their actual or probable level of resilience. Factors that are believed to contribute to community resilience include: 1) Diversity; 2) Redundancy; 3) Efficiency; 4) Autonomy; 5) Strength; 6) High levels of mobility; 7) Flexibility; 8) Means to survive extremes; ...more »

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RELOCATE INSTEAD OF REBUILDING IN NATURAL DISASTER ZONES

"RELOCATE INSTEAD OF REBUILDING HOMES IN NATURAL DISASTER ZONES" Offer a home owner that had their home destroyed by a NATURAL DISASTER. an opportunity to relocate to another State, City of their choice in the USA 1. These home owners would be sent a list of BANK OWNED REPOS in the USA and the Bank would have to make sure that after the homeowner chose this property a few things would have to happen first, this ...more »

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Dealing w/ The Problem of Complacency

As Americans, we live in a target-rich nation faced with an array of threats in the form of assorted natural and man-made disasters. If we engage in extensive planning for every possible major disaster, we risk causing planning fatigue for diverse populations with difficulties establishing real priorities. For all the above reasons, we need to achieve early potential disaster confirmation so that emergency planning ...more »

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