Innovative Solutions in Emergency Management

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Emergency Food Distribution

FEMA should have a policy under which the police and/or National Guard supervise removal of perishable foods from food stores during disasters, with immediate compensation to the store owner (to be repaid from insurance proceeds when they become available). The food can then immediately be distributed to food pantries and feeding centers before it spoils. The owner gets funds immediately to use in reopening the store ...more »

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Support to Local Disaster Planning and Exercises

Many small towns, counties or organizations lack the disaster planning and exercise expertise to plan, exercise and evaluate themselves in response to a realistic mid to large scale emergency management scenario. State-level agencies should form exercise support teams that work with local emergency managers throughout the HSEEP lifecycle in planning realistic exercise scenarios that are tailored to their needs. During ...more »

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One-Click Flood Zone Application for Smartphones

Smartphones have GPS. Every smartphone knows the precise latitude and longitude of its physical location on the earth. Given smartphone GPS and Google Earth mapping technology, a "One-Click Flood Zone" application would pop-up on the smartphone display the image of the FEMA flood map for that location. The One-Click Flood Zone application would allow touch screen capability to zoom in, zoom out or move the map ...more »

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School District Consortiums for Emergency Response Planning

Protocols and recommended guidelines for developing and implementing emergency response plans are essential for individual schools and districts. District and school personnel typically need assistance in the development of their plans. Community partners assisting in the development of these plans such as local emergency management, law enforcement, fire and county health is always a good place to start. However, ...more »

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Bunkers with multiple exits

We believe that having multiple exits on bunkers especially community bunkers in Tornado prone areas can be valuable. Bunker exit can get blocked by debris blown by a Tornado, alternate exits can provide people inside the bunkers access and they should be able to come out of the bunkers after a storm. This idea was from 11 year old kids who participated in a First Lego League challenge to come up with innovative solutions ...more »

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Rural Healthcare Disparity in America

We are currently engaged with 2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical Organizations to focus on solutions to this ongoing challenge for our Rural Residents. We have proven answers to this challenging condition for so many Rural Communities. This is critical since, today, we have two Americas insofar as healthcare is concerned. The "Golden Hour" which is so critical to life is vastly diminished in a rural setting and life itself ...more »

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Bmb Threat Call Procedures

I recently became the operations officer for a Navy Recruiting regional district and want to ensure that all recruiters spanned across six states have the most up to date bomb threat call procedures standing by each landline office phone. However, after at least two hours of research, the checklist is not easy to find in the DHS or FEMA main websites. After using Google search, I found this: http://emilms.fema.gov/is906/assets/ocso-bomb_threat_samepage-brochure.pdf. ...more »

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SBA Designation is Confusing

Although the loan program is administered by the SBA, it is very confusing to potential applicants. The loan progrma should be re-designated as "FEMA Part II" or "Loans for FInancially Able Families" or something else that is more informative and does not discourage participation.

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Solar Power System

At the TechShop San Jose, I have created a Solar Power System perfect for emergency situations. (the first one was made for the Peace Corps in Panama in 1998) The system can be charged with a solar panel or ac adapter, it has 5 and 12 VDC and a cig plug with a 110 AC inverter, plus 3 USB outputs. The internal battery is a safe, light weight LiFePO4 240 Whr. The system includes 2 LED lights with 15 foot cords. It will ...more »

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Tribal IMAT

FEMA should develop Tribal IMATs that will be composed of personnel who have been trained in FEMA Tribal policy, tribal cultures, treaty history. When hiring for these positions, tribal members should have preference and then look at other emergency personnel who have experience working with tribal governments during disaster response and recovery.

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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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Requiring Dam owners to have alarm systems installed

As owner of a house below the Central Reservoir in

Oakland, CA my neighbors and I want the East Bay

Municipal Utility District, which owns the dam, to install

an alarm system that would warn us when there is a

large water discharge following a CA earthquake. We have asked them often but they say it is not needed.

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