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So the Board of Education in the City of NY has just decided that there are 50 words no longer allowed on tests because these words and topics can make students feel unpleasant,... http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/war-on-words-nyc-dept-of-education-wants-50-forbidden-words-removed-from-standardized-tests/ Among the words banned are : Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes) Death and disease Nuclear weapons ...more »
While watching the forum rehash this topic over and over, seeing how many people can try to add "high tech" into a very simple thing, I am amazed that nobody has taken the time to do the obvious when it comes to 72 hours kits... Turn off your power, water and heat, and camp out in your yard for 72 hours. Or better yet, Camp out in a friends yard for 72 hours...That is a true test of a kit, and more important that anything ...more »
After reading the postings here over several months, while it is good to see people from all sectors getting involved and posting ideas, It might be to the forums advantage to create a system where a forum member can show what their experience and level of training is. This would allow the readers to better understand the views of those who are seasoned in Emergency Management and those who are directly involved in the ...more »
While the Metascenario is good, it might spur more discussion and ideas if a smaller scenario were to be posted for people to discuss a solution to.
Maybe dig through some AAR's and focus on a specific aspect of an event, and let the readers propose a solution to the situatiion
Unintended consequences can be roughly grouped into three types: • A positive, unexpected benefit (usually referred to as luck, serendipity or a windfall). • A negative, unexpected detriment occurring in addition to the desired effect of the policy (e.g., while irrigation schemes provide people with water for agriculture, they can increase waterborne diseases that have devastating health effects, such as schistosomiasis). ...more »
I wish to propose a program that all jurisdiction can be part of, and would also help areas share their knowledge and help training for such an event. Develop sister cities with jurisdictions that are 50 to 60 miles away in each direction. Match the size of the community served with each other and limit the partnership to one comparable agency in each direction, for example county A has 7 towns in the county. County ...more »
For years, one of the mantras of emergency response has been "We do not bring victims to the scene". Granted, this was directed to be a reminder that scene safety is the foremost concern for any responder. When A disaster befalls a community, the local first responders are often torn between taking care of their own families that are effected, and fulfilling their responsibilities in the community that they serve, often ...more »
Here is an article that clearly shows how Social media can be manipulated and directed to disseminate false information.
Consider enlisting the use of Bicycle clubs where it's membership could be used as messengers. All it would take is giving them an official ID and sent them out to get messages moving,
The human brain is 75% water - moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness Blood is 92% water. Muscles are 75 % water Bones are 22% water Water is vital for body temperature regulation, therefore fluid replacement is vital. During summer when the temperature increases, your body requires even more fluid to maintain it's normal body temperature. 1-5% Thirst, vagueness. Discomfort, increased pulse, nausea 6-10% ...more »
Notes from above: Stockpile resource - Pre arrange with local venders for supplies and equipment to ensure supply to these temporary facilities with MOI's and basic predetermined items. Sister cities concept for EMS - Form a national program for EMS agencies as well as All Responder agencies that would create a network of sister cities. the agencies would be paired with 2 other comparable sized agencies and jurisdictional ...more »
• Ensure that needed medical supplies and equipment are sent to the above facilities (see stockpile resource below) • Generate capacity lists from above as sites come on line • Alert mutual aid partners and intrastate Mutual aid partners and confirm resources available to be brought in for medical transport to above facilities in addition, bring in any personal supplies such as food and bedding for those responding ...more »
Actions: • Alert the following facilities that they may be called upon to house and shelter casualties... (pre selected and identified on county resource - annex list taken from their EOP's ) - Minimum security jails and detention centers - Outpatient surgical centers - Urgent care centers - Large Inland hotels (with backup power systems to maintain operations ) • Activate the above facilities Using a modified COOP ...more »
Though the following is a very quick overview of ideas, I am sure that they are only a few actions. This is a very complex scenario, that could fill volumes of plans and preperations. Fact and assumptions: Major Resource and Demographic issues: • Non-English speaking • Large elderly and disabled community • All hospitals are full or in the hurricane path • Forty percent or more of the first responders are, or soon will ...more »
700 MHz D Block Spectrum Allocated to Public Safety - Legislation includes NG9-1-1 funding as well. Seems it was included in HR3630 and passed last week. Now will it take another decade to get it implemented nationwide?
Could it be that "interoperability" become a reality?
OK, I'm going to stick my neck out here, and be politically incorrect for a moment. A smartphone is a tool. It does not replace search and rescue teams, nor does it provide shelter, start IV's, transport the injured, cook meals, or remove debris. While it is nice to tap a touchscreen for information, the bottom line is that for 99.9% of disaster management, the knowledge to mitigate a problem is from long term learning, ...more »
As recent as 50 years ago, when a disaster hit an area, Local small businesses were first to step up and help their fellow residents, who were steady customers. Their relationship was built on trust, and what was best for the local economy and to sustain business for the long run. These were "Mom and Pop" shops that in times of need, often emptied their store shelves of product to help customers recover from disasters, ...more »
About two months ago, I decided to take the IS130 course. After spending the time watching the on line training...(and taking notes as it went along... I decided to print the test and then, as usual, go online and fill out the online test. Surprise number 1: Download test is 50 questions, real test is 60 Surprise number 2: it is a timesd test, 20 minutes to read and answer all 60 questions...and not the short questions ...more »
In general, those who work in Fire, EMS, and law enforcement know how this law applies in their area. The definition changes state to state, and is applied differently. In light of PPD8, where resources will have a seat at the table for Disaster Planning, I have to ask how this law will be applied to NGO's and other groups that once seated at the table, will make commitments to the EOP's and become part of the responders ...more »
Just wanted to throw a thought out to all and see if it sticks.... Everyone who is currently involved in planning and implementing training drills and exercise planning knows full well the amount of effort that is required to take an idea from concept to a full scale exercise. Quite often, Large full scale exercises can test the limits when it comes to scheduling across multiple agencies and trying to find the "Best ...more »
It might be wise to break out topics off the main think tank forum into groups such as Emergency planning, First responders,Preparedness,Communications, Training, etc. This would allow people with common interests and ideas to focus in one area, instead of mulling through a mile of posts that may not pertain to their area of knowledge. If a list of groups was compiled from here, maybe the moderators would consider this ...more »
While I find this discussion forum a great idea to share ideas and to address concerns regarding emergency management, I have to also bring up the point of Security. While it is great to involve parties in discussion, at the same time, the forum is viewable to all. The discussions here do shed light on some weaknesses that could be exploited. This issue is the double edged sword of all information that is in the public ...more »
Ok.. I am going to bring up the subject that is politically incorrect, and I am sure will open a can of worms...but it is an issue that has been sidestepped, avoided, sent people shrieking out of rooms... Would it not be wise to make ENGLISH the official language of NIMS/ICS communications in disasters? In light of PPD8...I'm sure it is only a matter of time with the "Whole community " sitting at the table bring this ...more »
HSPD-8 vs. PPD8 Sitting here, rereading both of these documents...I am still trying to figure out what the REAL differences are between them. Considering the fact that the HSPD-8 is referenced in many areas of FEMA documentation, and that there really is no MAJOR changes from the HSPD-8, one can only wonder if this directive was issued as a political move, which really has no merit in emergency planning, or if it is ...more »