Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

The OpenFEMA initiative is FEMA's vision for open government that embraces the tenets of transparency, participation and collaboration to support citizens and first responders by increasing government accountability, innovation, and effectiveness.

The goals of the OpenFEMA initiative are:

  • Release high-value data sets on an ongoing basis, so it is easier to find and more accessible for the public in times of a disaster;
  • Build a transparent and interactive connection with members of the public through an online dialogue with external constituencies;
  • Provide information and data in more useful formats to enable citizens, the private sector and non-government organizations to leverage the data in innovative and value-added ways.

This campaign hopes to generate discussion on a number of topics, including:

  • Using FEMA’s data
  • Ways to improve your experience using FEMA datasets
  • Other areas of focus for future datasets

Feel free to comment on or discuss any of these issues. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Amateur Radio and CERT

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 »

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Disaster Relief Items in designated isles in big box stores

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 »

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Reinitialize Civil Defense

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.

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Will digital "chips" and thumb print scanners protect our power

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 »

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Code names for activities nationwide

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 »

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Mitigating losses while creating green jobs

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 »

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Teaching young adults the importance of Homeland Security

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 »

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F.C.C. Urges Phone Carriers: Nix Copper For Fiber Optics

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/08/fcc-urges-carriers-to-turn-off-copper-networks-upgrade-to-fiber/ Just when you thought your "land line" phone was safe...for the few of us that still have them. For telephone, TV and Internet, fiber-to-home (instead of copper wire) may sound attractive, but backup power is not provided (unless you pay for a limited amount of it and you maintain the system). Folks relying upon ...more »

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Remove Google Earth Maps and Co Names from "At Risk" Buildings

I recommend the Federal Government remove Google Maps and Company Names from buildings for "at risk" terrorist targets. The Federal Government should, for example, require their defense contractors to remove their company names from their buildings and to wipe such business addresses referenced on the internet. Google Maps should be required to eliminate such locations/mapping from their online maps application. This ...more »

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Which initial triage tags, are best day/night, hot or freezing?

Conducting/supporting a study that compares all currently available triage tagging tools (different styles of paper tags, triage ribbon, reflective slap wrap wrist bands, colored clothes pins, chemical lights, single colored chemlight alternatives, triage lights and paper tags with RFID) in daytime, nighttime and adverse condition scenarios. There are several studies that compare triage methods but I have found only one ...more »

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Are we 24/7 Field Triage Prepared?

Original post, http://fema.ideascale.com/a/dtd/24-7-Field-Triage-Preparedness/319348-14692 Top 15 for 3 years. The recognition & adoption of a standardized national illuminated color coded system for triaging MCI patients 24/7. Today different States & organizations use different triage cards & tapes to triage patients. The one thing they all have in common is not the language or format of the triage cards but it is ...more »

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Amateur Radio Resource Types

The approach to volunteer emergency communications seems disconnected from the NIMS philosophy. The role (or roles) of ham radio with respect to the communication needs of an ongoing incident should be examined, and pertinent resource types should be identified. At the very least, resource types focused on on-incident comms should be distinct from resource types focused on connecting the incident to the outside world. ...more »

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