I feel it time to merger Ares with CERT. I think they are a redunant group which both skills together should make up the best classes of volunteer works. There function together as CERT Member who also Ares would be a Best trained volunteer, It also would mean that the forms and produces would be better know and NIMS would be complete as span of control of all of it without two differently trained group who some time ...more »
In an emergency, knowing what to do is your best defense. In my state of Pennsylvania we have a state sponsored website called readypa.org which helps people with learning the risks, making an emergency plan and getting involved to help others. I assume every state has a "Ready" site that citizens can assess to gather information about how to prepare for an emergency, be it manmade or natural. The task and expense of ...more »
If the citizens feel engaged and empowered by participating in civil defense, they will have a generally better chance at surviving any major event.
Issue updated regulations, set up fallout shelters and plan triage sites. Let the people involved do the research and planning, and you just have to put the stamp of approval on it.
This post is about maybe creating a more secure virtual "digital" reality; computer hacking and encryption pose problems to this nation's security. What if programmers developed digital "chip" or thumbprint activated ID to get around on the Internet? Customers of banks, students of colleges, government employees of departments, customers of stores, and legitimate officials to power plants would be assigned digital "chips" ...more »
This cell phone app would alert authorities of an Active Shooter with One Click, and include; Name of Sender (verified), location, etc. The App would immediately silence (sound and vibration) of senders phone and keep line open. There would be no need to speak to 911 operators to determine type of emergency, etc. To have the app, the individual would have to apply to DHS or police force with Name, Address, Driver's ...more »
I work at a local hospital and we have emergency response codes. I think this should be standardized nationwide. Example in our hospital we have a CODE SILVER: active shooter/killer. I have a friend who works at the air base clinic in Bellevue and their code name is CODE BLACK. Now there is a TV show stating that CODE BLACK is when an ER department is overwhelmed. If we use these codes as emergencies they should be standardized ...more »
Ted Koppel has just put out a book detailing a frightening scenario if the US power grid was compromised due to a cyber attack...and well, it would cripple our infrastructure for months or years. http://www.salon.com/2015/10/27/ted_koppel_exposes_the_biggest_threat_to_national_security_you_havent_heard_about_the_government_has_no_plan/ The worst part, according to his interviews with key officials, is that the Federal ...more »
The US-China accord to combat climate change brings innovations to market that tangibly address the issue as well as mitigate losses in natural calamities. FEMA has ignored a development that combines a LEED rated permanent, seamless roofing that is hurricane resistant. The Hurricane Testing Laboratory found no criteria for testing! The composite can be embedded with photovoltaic properties leading to "Solarizing the ...more »
Various recovery-funding sources have distinct eligibility rules and timing. We ask that local and state governments navigate these each of these funding streams independently with little concern for the signficant administrative burden that entails. Additionally, federal funds are often not coordinated to support unity of effort and channeling of funds to the highest-return users (e.g., overall recovery priorities, ...more »
Currently the FDRC is responsible for development of the State leadership capability (through the operational coordination core capability) but some of this work requires staff outside of the RSF structure. Communities and States want to see the big picture and path forward to recovery. This requires broader guidance, tools, and educational or peer learning events. I suggest that a standing communications and guidance ...more »
The NDRF defines "well managed recovery" and "well administered financial acquisition" as principles for successful recovery. We regularly see communities hitting pitfall after pitfall in these areas after disasters (e.g. lacking of tools and protocols to document costs for reimbursement, contractor overpayment and lack of oversight, inability to develop an integrated budget that differentiates between the source constraints ...more »
I have no idea what is taught to high school kids today as far as Homeland security goes, as I have no kids in school. I stumbled on "Risk Management Fundamentals: Homeland Security Risk Management Doctrine." and thought it would be a great teaching tool. It also got me thinking about how young the recruits are for ISIS and the like. They are teaching kids under the age of 10 to hate and kill us, and showing them how ...more »