Emergency Management, Healthcare and Public Health

Editor’s note: this topic will close on Wednesday, August 27.

Share your thoughts on how we can increase coordination and collaboration (before, during, or after an emergency) within the emergency management, healthcare and public health sectors.

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Identification of approved workers in a disaster

As I watched the terror unfold in Boston I was alarmed that the workers were just wearing simple yellow vests that can be bought at Walmart and the ID tags were on a variety of lariats with the photo ID facing the owners body rather than the public.Lariats can be bought anywhere and any ID added. I believe that a specific vest in a color, fabric and design should be provided and available after passing a background check ...more »

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Uniform Federal Good Samaritan Law

I would pass legislation at the federal level that indemnified licensed medical professionals from liability during an emergency in which they need to practice triage, etc. That way, the professional does not have to think about whether they will get sued or not if they help a person when they are on vacation in state in which they do not know the laws.

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Ice in plastic bottle

frozen expandable plastic jug w/ straw for drinking water as ice melts. No water in ice chest ruining food. Dual use from ice

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Retired Homeland Security persons for Surge Capacity Force

The current Surge Capacity Force requires current government workforce to volunteer for up to 45 days. Not many people can do that and fewer bosses would allow it. If you would allow recent DHS retirees into the SCF you can leverage all their experience, without salaries or missing the person from his regular job. I cannot leave my current job now but once I retire I will be a whole lot more flexible. Provide a place ...more »

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NEDOCS

The National Emergency Department Overcrowding Score is a standard measure for hospital crowding.

 

NEDOCS can be used to standardize surge plans for hospitals. Several leading hospitals around the country have already implemented surge plans based on NEDOCS.

 

FEMA should adopt NEDOCS and use NEDOCS.org as a vehicle to organize all of USA's hospitals in times of regional crises.

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Consolidation Of Resources

As a responder to several incidents of national significance with FEMA, USFS and DMAT (Department of Health and Human Services), one common trait I have observed is the duplication of efforts and the lack of experience for some responders (IE No task book initiation for command and general staff position for NDMS responders). Between FEMA, USFS and NDMS, each have their own overhead teams, spend money on said teams ...more »

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Rural Healthcare Disparity in America

For decades our Group has confronted this critical issue in Florida and it is well known in all Rural Communities throughout our Nation. Craig Fugate is well aware of the instance of 4 Hurricanes cris-crossing the section of Polk County Florida in one short period. The community was ill prepared to handle such. The same is true on a daily basis for ordinary Healthcare access and delivery in our Rural Communities. ...more »

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NIMS and National Pandemic Strategies

This is another opportunity to enhance the synchronization between NIMS and the more dated but current national pandemic strategies and plans to include the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (2005),1 National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza - Implementation Plan (2006) 2 and HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (2005)3. The importance of cooperation, coordination and collaboration in planning and preparing for a pandemic ...more »

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Emergency Response Planning for State Buildings

I have created an Emergency Repsonse Plan for the State of New Mexico. It has been used with complete success. Most State, County, City or Municipal buildings do not have such a plan in place for its employees and customers. The plan covers the following and more. 1. Purpose of the Emergency Response Plan: 2. Emergency Numbers 3. Incident Command Matrix 4. Evacuation for People with Disabilities 4.1. First Responder ...more »

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Change FEMA

Here's novel idea....Change the perception of what FEMA is supposed to be. Start putting the word out that FEMA is NOT there to provide people with emergency supplies before a disaster. Put the word out that FEMA is NOT responsible for their safety during and after a disaster. All of that is supposed to occur at the LOCAL level, and that includes homeowners taking responsibility for themselves. FEMA should also be ...more »

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Sharing Chemical Safety Information with Medical Facilities

Current federal law requires facilities with significant inventories of hazardous chemicals on site to notify the local fire department of the existence and location of those chemicals. Similarly, local medical facilities should be notified of the storage of significant amounts of toxic chemicals so that they may plan for mass casualty events involving those chemicals.

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