Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

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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Disaster Resilience Indicators

UN ISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard

This is an add-on to Candice Abinanti's idea already submitted. UN ISDR also has a free scorecard containing over 80 detailed assessments of disaster resilience - in effect, 80 resilience indicators - available from http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/. This offers a level of detail below the LG SAT and is consistent with that instrument, being based on the same Ten Essentials as defined by the UN ISDR. ...more »

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Disaster Resilience Indicators

Build a risk and Threat Exposure Baseline Model (TEBM)

I think that building a TEBM for a given location should take into account 3 components: 1). Exposure Matrix (EM): what specific exposures have happened in the past could serve as baseline model? What exercises/drills could be developed to address and train groups for future events? 2). Infrastructure Matrix (IM): how will a specific threat impact the ability of infrastructure to support recovery operations? What specific ...more »

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Priority 4 – Enable Disaster Risk Reduction Nationally

Preparedness Priority for National Security Targets

Priority should be given to areas of extreme national security. Fort Knoxx, Cape Canaveral, New York City, etc. All of these areas house an important target: gold reserves, US spaceport, Wall Street. These are large targets that should get priority over other areas. Security is already heightened in these areas, however public training and preparedness is often lax. By giving priorities to these areas and encouraging ...more »

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Priority 4 – Enable Disaster Risk Reduction Nationally

Priority 4: Enable Disaster Risk Reduction Nationally

Kurtosis risk occurs when a statistical model and observation of that model focus on ‘bookend’ extremes and fail to take into account what the bookends are used for (to hold the books in place). It seems to me that any disaster risk reduction plan should look at 4 distinct considerations: (D)esign: Are the plans in design with the probability of the event? (planning for snow storms in Death Valley). (E)valuation: Are ...more »

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Innovative Solutions in Emergency Management

Inventor Intends on Donating New Patented Innovative Technology!

Excerpt from Scientific Papers Published for public viewing on Joe Williams' Facebook Acct... It would be difficult for most people to imagine that wiki together with the use of super-computers like the cray system "Red Storm" could actually help determine and forecast earthquakes in relation to "Planetary Orbital Dynamics" yet, after extensive review, the examiners at the U.S.P.T.O. did "In Fact" determine this invention ...more »

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Invention to Speed Response time in Natural Disaster

Does FEMA ever look to the community for devices that will speed response time to something like a hurricane, having boots on the ground, in just hours. United States Coast Guardsmen for many years, and i have the new Patent Pending Invention to do this. How do i show FEMA and the SAR community in general how this works. Example: FEMA ICS Commanders on the ground in t he middle of the first to second wave of the disaster, ...more »

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Helping citizens, help first responders find them in aftermath

Recognizing a simple visual based system that allows communication between survivors/nonsurvivors and responders in aftermath of a disaster, when a disaster alert is issued, the citizens in the affected area that cannot evacuate prepare as they normally do but add one step, tag children w/solid red lights, women w/solid green lights, men w/solid blue lights & pets w/yellow lights. Once the disaster passes the surviving ...more »

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Rail Safe-Harbor

Base-sites in local communities (e.g. Inexpensive warehouse design approximately the size of a Walgreens or CVS up to Wal-Mart size) that are multi-use, dual powerd by grid or a train engine and spread across the National Rail system to house, treat and/or evacuate populace on a temporary short term basis for a few days before, during or after a disaster event. FEMA heavy resources respond to each location within 6 hours ...more »

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